Acquaintance Rape Prevention

On college campuses, the most prevalent type of sexual assault is acquaintance rape. In acquaintance rape, the attacker can be a friend, relative, spouse, lover, neighbor, co-worker, employer, employee, etc. It is not unusual for acquaintance rape to include physical force, with or without a weapon.

Remember:

  • Be honest.
  • Communicate what you want honestly and respectfully.
  • Be aware of what is taking place around you.
  • Trust your instincts, stand up for yourself, and be willing to “make a scene.”
  • Support your friends; do not pressure them when they are unsure about the situation.
  • It’s never okay to force yourself on an individual.
  • Be aware that “force” can be emotional coercion and intimidation as well as physical force.
  • “No” means NO!

Recommended Actions Following an Assault:

  1. Take the survivor to a safe place.
  2. Find out if he/she has severe physical injuries.
  3. Call Health Services at 569-3188. The professional staff can tell you how best to assist the survivor and furnish the appropriate contact numbers and/or resources he/she can utilize.
  4. If the survivor lives in university housing, call the Resident Assistant on duty and give him/her information without revealing the identity of the survivor. Ask the survivor if he/she wants to report the assault to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 569-3400.
  5. If the assault took place off-campus and the survivor wants to report the assault to the police, call 911.
  6. If the assault took place on-campus and the survivor wants to report the assault to the police, call DPS at 569-3400.
  7. Suggest seeking medical attention at a nearby emergency room. Also, suggest reporting to DPS or local law enforcement agency.
  8. Be respectful of the survivor’s privacy. Let him/her decide whom to tell and how much to tell.