Among ASU students surveyed, 3.1% of female students and 0.7% of ASU male students experienced an attempted or completed sexual assault in the previous year (2013). Sexual assault can happen to anyone: any gender, any age, any socio-economic status, any profession, any ethnic or racial identity, any sexual orientation, any religious affiliation, anyone. Among ASU students surveyed in spring 2011, 3.2% of female students and 0.6% of ASU male students experienced an attempted or completed sexual assault in the previous year. In most cases of sexual assault during college, the victim and assailant know each other.
Someone who has experienced sexual assault may feel angry, afraid, humiliated, confused, numb, feel at blame, or make excuses for the assailant’s behavior. She or he may not know what to do our where to find support. The following information is a guide for you to help someone who has experienced sexual assault find the information and support they need for safety, medical, legal, counseling and other considerations.
If the victim feels he or she is in immediate danger, call 911.
In the aftermath of sexual assault, the most important thing is safety. Help the victim identify a safe place and get there safely. Whether it is his/her residence, a friend’s place or with a family member, keeping the victim safe is what matters most.
If the victim lives on campus, contact a Community Assistant or Community Director for support.