Sexual Assault 101Jean Nidetch Women’s Center PAAVE Presentation 2009
Workshops and presentations Events on campus Advocacy for violence prevention and breast cancer awareness Academic involvement Two on staff, certified victim advocates
Sexual Assault Definitions Consent Statistics Effects on Victims Rethinking Alcohol and Violence
Nevada Revised Statutes: Sexual Assault “A person who subject another person to sexual penetration, or who forces another person to make a sexual penetration on himself or another, against the victim’s will or under conditions in which the perpetrator knows or should know that the victim is mentally or physically incapable of resisting or understanding the nature of his conduct, is guilty of sexual assault”
What is consent?Both parties are fully conscious.Both parties have equal ability to act.Both parties are positive and sincere in their desires.Both parties have clearly communicated their intent.Why don’t people get consent? Fear of Rejection May hear partner is a survivor May not know how
How do I get consent? Hypothetical situations… “What if we…” “How would you feel if we…” “What do you think about…” “Do you want to know how I feel about…” I statements… Coercion is NOT consent How can I be safe Abroad?
The F.B.I. estimates that one in three women in this country will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. According to the National College Health Risk Behavior Survey, one in five undergraduate women have been raped. In the majority of rape cases, 84%, the perpetrator is someone the victim knows- a partner, spouse, classmate, date, co-worker, neighbor, or family member.
The Role of Alcohol Alcohol is the most common drug used to facilitate sexual assaults- particularly among college students. As opposed to other drugs (such as GHB and Rohypnol) that are often given to victims without their knowledge, alcohol is often consumed consensually. Perpetrators often take advantage of victims who are already intoxicated, or purposefully get a target drunk in order to facilitate a sexual assault. These perpetrators most often have had much less to drink than the victim and in some cases have not consumed alcohol at all.
Can be short or long term Cutting/ self-mutilation Eating disorders Depression Alcohol and substance abuse Re-entrance into a violent relationship Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Academic Career
Anyone can be a victim of sexual assault or domestic violence. If you or someone you know is involved with interpersonal violence know that there are confidential resources to help you. Rape Crisis Center 366-1640 More information available at: The Jean Nidetch Women’s Center, UNLV SSC A, 255 – 702.895.4475