California State University, Fresno 

Sexual Assault

What is Sexual Assault?

Any sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. These include: Attempted rape, fondling or unwanted sexual touching, and rape. See definitions of the latter below.

Attempted Rape

Attempting to sexually penetrate someone without consent.

Fondling or Unwanted Sexual Touching

The touching of the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, or buttocks of another person without consent.

Rape

A form of sexual assault, but not all sexual assault is rape. Sexual penetration without consent. 

 

How Does Sexual Assault Affect Survivors?

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Fear
  • Flashbacks
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Self-harm 
  • STIs, substance abuse
  • Dissociation
  • Eating disorders
  • Pregnancy
  • Sleep disorders
  • and Suicide.

How to Help a Friend.

  • Avoid judgement 
  • Check in periodically
  • Ask them what they need
  • Offer to get help
  • Encourage them to seek help

What Do Survivors Need to Hear?

  •  “I believe you.”
  • “It’s not your fault.”
  • “You are not alone.”
  • “I care about you.”

 

Intimate Partner Violence

What is Intimate Partner Violence?

A patter of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over an intimate partner.

Physical Abuse

 Pulling hair, punching, kicking, hurting you with weapons, biting, choking, or any other type of physical harm.

Emotional Abuse

It is also known as psychological or mental abuse. This can include verbal aggression, intimidation, manipulation, and humiliation. All these behaviors aim to diminish the dignity and self worth of another person.

Verbal Abuse

 A person maliciously criticizes, insults, harasses, demean, and frighten an intimate partner.

Sexual Abuse

 Rape, attempted rape, unwanted fondling, and unwanted sexual touching

Financial Abuse

 Concealing financial information, limiting the individual's access to financial assets, or reducing accessibility to family finances

 

How does Intimate Partner Violence Affect Survivors?

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Fear
  • Flashbacks
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Self-harm 
  • STIs, substance abuse
  • Dissociation
  • Eating disorders
  • Pregnancy
  • Sleep disorders
  • and Suicide.

How to Help a Friend.

  • Avoid judgement 
  • Check in periodically
  • Ask them what they need
  • Offer to get help
  • Encourage them to seek help

What do Survivors Need to Hear?

  •  “I believe you.”
  • “It’s not your fault.”
  • “You are not alone.”
  • “I care about you.”

 

Where Can You Can Go to Get Help?

Student Health and Counseling Center

Location: Student Health and Counseling Center

Phone Number: 559.278.2734

Website: https://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/health/index.html

Hours: depends on day, see website for more information

Title IX

Location: Henry Madden Library, Fourth Floor

Phone Number: 559.278.5357

Website: http://www.fresnostate.edu/adminserv/hr/title-ix/index.html

Survivor Advocate

Location: Student Health and Counseling Center

Phone Number: 559.278.6796

Website: http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/survivoradvocate/advocate/

Peer Supporting Peers

Location: Cross Cultural and Gender Center

Phone Number: 559.278.4435

Availability: M-F 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.