Rape and Sexual Assault
Rape is sexual intercourse without consent. More often than not, the victim and the attacker know each other. Such assault is the touching of another person in a sexually aggressive manner without consent. It may or may not involve actual injury. Acquaintance rape is a serious crime. The lack of verbal or physical resistance because of force or threat does not mean consent.
The best defenses against rape and sexual assault are alertness and awareness. At all times, including dating situations, you should:
- Let a friend or roommateknow with whom you will be spending time, where you will be and when you expect to return. Leave an address and phone number.
- Do not let peer pressure influence the amount of alcohol you drink. A study at another Big Ten university indicated that 80 percent of men and 70 oercent of women involved in sexual assaults had been drinking.
- Trust you feelings and instincts. If you feel threatened, there's probably a good reason. Get away quickly.
- Report any assault or threat of assault to the Office ot the Dean of Students and/or to the police department having jurisdiction as soon as possible. In selecting dating partners, beware of a person who:
- Ignores your wishes.
- Becomes angry or hostile when you say "no."
- Tries to make you feel guilty when you say "no."
- Ignores you personal space boundaries.
- Is quick to show anger or aggression.
- Is excessively jealous or possessive.
- Doesn't listen to what you say.
- Forces you to constantly ward off advances.
- Expresses hostile feelings.
- Your first few dates with any individual should be in public places. Always have an alternate way home.
Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training is available through the Purdue Police Department upon request.
If Rape or Sexual Assault Occurs
If you are the victim of a rape or sexual assault, get to a safe place as soon as you can. Then you should:
- Try to preserve all physical evidence. Do not bathe, douche, use the toilet or change clothing.
- Notify the police – even if you are unsure about filing charges.
- Get medical attention as soon as possible. The police will assist you with this.
- Call a close friend, residence hall counselor or other trusted person who can be with you during your interview with the police.
- Use the victim-assistance services of campus and/pr community agencies including the Office of the Dean of Students, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), the Lafayette Crisis Center and the YWCA's Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program. The University will change a victime's academic and living situations after an alleged sex offense, if those changes are requested and are reasonably available.