Sexual Assault

Sexual assault can happen to anyone. Most instances of sexual assault involve a perpetrator who is a family member, intimate partner, friend, or acquaintance.

Perpetrators are responsible for sexual assaults. Perpetrators take advantage of vulnerability and seek opportunities to commit sexual assaults.

Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe, leave the area and get to a safe place, draw attention to the situation by yelling, calling out to others for assistance, and call 911 for help.

Don’t feel obligated to do anything you don’t want to do.

Listen to your partner. If you are getting unclear messages, stop. If you’re not sure that you’re getting a clear, enthusiastic “yes” from your partner, it is your responsibility to ask. You cannot assume that you have consent because someone is not physically resisting or verbally refusing sexual contact.

Unreasonably pressuring or coercing someone into engaging in sexual activity is sexual assault.

Each member of our community shares in the responsibility to create and maintain a safe and respectful environment for all individuals. You can help reduce sexual violence by being an active bystander and watching out for the safety of others.

Intervene and look out for your friends. If a friend seems too intoxicated, get them to a safe place and call 911 immediately.

If you are involved in or see a situation that appears unsafe or makes you uncomfortable, intervene if it’s safe to do so, elicit help from a friend, or go to a safe area and call for help. Seek medical help immediately if you or a friend starts to exhibit symptoms of dizziness, nausea, memory loss, breathing or motion difficulties, or is disproportionately intoxicated relative to the amount of alcohol consumed.

Perpetrators are responsible for sexual assaults. Perpetrators take advantage of vulnerability and seek opportunities to commit sexual assaults.

Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe, get to a safe place and call 911 for help.

If you feel you are in danger, leave the area if possible, draw attention to the situation by yelling, calling out to others for assistance.

Don’t feel obligated to do anything you don’t want to do. “I don’t want to” is always a good enough reason.

Report all suspicious persons, vehicles, and activities to PUPD immediately.

Do not accept rides or walking accompaniment from people you don’t know well or trust. If you date online, do not be in a hurry to meet in person.

When you do meet, make the first several meetings in a public place.

Safety Contacts

Emergencies

Call 911 – Police and Fire

Purdue Police

www.purdue.edu/police/
Phone: 765-494-8221

Purdue Fire

www.purdue.edu/fire/
Phone: 765-494-6919

Emergency Preparedness

www.purdue.edu/ehps/emergency-preparedness/
To report a safety hazard:
ehps@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-494-0446

Environmental Health and Public Safety

www.purdue.edu/ehps

Purdue Radiological and Environmental Management

www.purdue.edu/rem/
Phone: 765-494-6371