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Sexual Assault

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Sexual assault is any act of violence, either physical or verbal, in which sex is used as a weapon. At its most basic level, sexual assault refers to any form of non-consensual sexual activity, which encompasses all unwanted sexual acts from intimidation to touching to penetration. Sexual assault is an act of aggression, designed to humiliate, intimidate, control, or instill fear.

Did You Know?

  • Sexual assault is the second most common violent crime committed on college campuses today.
  • Nearly five percent of women on college campuses are victims of sexual abuse each year.
  • Most victims of campus sexual assault are full-time students; one-third of them are first-year students between 17 and 19 years of age.
  • Most perpetrators are students known to the victim (84 percent of rape victims know their attacker, and 57 percent of rapes happen on dates).
  • More sexual assaults occur on campus than off campus. Half of the assaults occur in the victim's residence, while an additional one-third take place in off-campus housing such as fraternity houses.
  • Dating abuse is a common problem on college campuses.
  • Men can also become victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.
  • Women with disabilities experience rates of violence that are significantly greater than that of persons without disabilities.
  • There are four main factors that consistently increase the risk of sexual victimization of students:
    • frequently drinking enough to get drunk
    • being unmarried
    • having been a victim of a sexual assault before
    • living on campus

{Source: California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) Resource Guide, 2006}