If Someone You Know Has Experienced Sexual Violence

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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.  

safety:

  • 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.

support the victim:

  • Believe  what is said.
  • Listen and comfort without taking control.
  • Say “this was not your fault.”
  • Foster a safe environment.
  • Encourage seeking medical attention.
  • Encourage counseling.

what to do:

 Review the information “What To Do If You’ve Experienced Sexual Violence” with the victim. 

This provides important information about:

  • Preserving evidence of the assault.
  • Filing a police report.
  • The forensic exam.
  • Medical care.
  • Counseling.
  • Filing a complaint against the assailant through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Getting help with academic and personal concerns through Student Advocacy and Assistance.