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Sexual Assault

Unfortunately, sexual assault is an issue touching the lives of many college students. National statistics suggest that 1 in 4 women will experience sexual assault during their college years. This is a problem for all of us. Whether you have been a victim of sexual assault or know someone who is, support and consultation services are available.

What is sexual assault?

Touching someone in an unwanted, sexual way is a simple way to describe something that is quite complicated. Anyone can be a victim. Many people are familiar with the term “rape” and what it means. However, there are many other offenses that also fit the definition of sexual assault. Laws surrounding sexual assault vary from state to state. In most states the following are considered acts of sexual assault:

  • Forced oral, anal or vaginal penetration
  • Forced sexual intercourse
  • Inappropriate touching
  • Forced kissing
  • Torture of a victim in a sexual nature

 

Whether something is considered a crime or not, the person who experiences sexual assault is harmed. We want to make sure you get the support you need.

The aftermath of a sexual assault can last long after an incident has passed. It’s never too late to seek assistance.

Please reach out to The Center for Women and Gender or our after-hours service called CARES for assistance at 585-295-3533. A volunteer is on-call to help you. You may also use our on-line reporting system at www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/womenandgender.

To learn more about sexual assault, visit the following websites:
United States Department of Justice
RAINN: Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
The National Center for Victims of Crime
US Department of Health and Human Services