Health alerts: Sexual assault

In an effort to help preserve the well being of the Ohio University community, the content of this site provides answers to frequently asked questions about sexual assault and the University's response to it.

What other resources are available?

How can sexual assault be prevented?

  • By establishing and respecting sexual boundaries
  • By becoming an active ally through communication and education
  • By reporting to the police

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is any unwanted physical, emotional or sexual contact. Sexual assault is a form of violence. It encompasses a wide range of sexual actions taken against a person without the person’s consent, against the person’s will, or under force, threat of force or coercion. Legally, consent cannot be given while intoxicated since these states inhibit an aware state of mind. (Excerpt from the Ohio Revised Code)

What should I do if I am sexually assaulted?

  • You are encouraged to report the crime to the Ohio University Police Department for on-campus assaults or to your local police department for off-campus assaults.
  • Seek medical treatment immediately. Nurses trained in sexual assault response are available at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital and follow-up care can be obtained through Campus Care.
  • Contact the Survivor Advocacy Program within the Ohio University Division of Student Affairs at 740-597-SAFE (7233) or
    • Information about local, state and national resources can be found here. This will include specific organizations and their contact information.

Who are the victims of sexual assault?

  • 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
  • 1 in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
  • Ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for rape and sexual assault.
  • Women ages 18-24 who are college students are 3 times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence.
  • Male college-aged students (18-24) are 78% more likely than non-students of the same age to be a victim of rape or sexual assault.
  • 2 out of every 3 sexual assaults go unreported.
  • 3 out of 4 rapes are committed by someone known to the survivor.

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Sexual Assult