Sexual assault

Did you know?

College students are at high risk for sexual assault.
 College students are in one of the most vulnerable age groups for sexual assault. College-aged women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted than women of any other age group. To find out more sexual assault statistics please visit RAINN's website
Just because someone is in a relationship doesn’t mean that they always have consent to have sex with their partner.
 Consent should never be coerced, implied or assumed, even if a relationship exists. Just because someone is in a relationship doesn’t mean that they always have consent to have sex with their partner. Read below to find out more about consent.
Consent cannot legally be given by someone who is intoxicated.
 Someone may choose to be drunk, or high, but they are never responsible for being sexually assaulted. Others who cannot give consent include minors, those with certain disabilities, someone who is unconscious, or those who are coerced or bullied into sexual acts. Read below to find out more about consent.
Alcohol is actually the most common date rape drug.
 Over 90,000 sexual assaults in college are attributed to alcohol and 53.4% of victims of sexual assault reported that their perpetrator had consumed alcohol when the incident took place.
The way a person dresses is in no way an excuse for rape.
 Women who dress sexy are not “asking for it”. Rape is rape; it is about power and control and putting one’s wishes above another person’s. It is not about attraction.
73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by someone the victim knows.
 Also, 60% of rapes on campus occur in a victim’s residence. It is important to watch out for your friends, even if you are in a familiar place with familiar people.
Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, and bisexual have an equal or higher rate of interpersonal violence, sexual violence, and stalking as compared to heterosexuals.
Approximately 1 in 8 lesbian women and almost half of bisexual women have been raped in their lifetime. 
1 in 33 American men have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime
 It is important to remember that men can also be victims of rape or attempted rape. Many cultural barriers in our society, such as gender roles, make it extremely difficult for male victims to report sexual assault or seek help through counseling and advocacy.
Only 3% of reported rapes are considered to be false reports.
 Those who encourage the myth that people lie about being victims make it even more difficult for victims to report the incident.

 Northern Arizona University Statistics

A 2013 survey of Northern Arizona University students revealed that in the last 12 months:

  • 4.5%  of students reported sexual touching without their consent
  • 4.6% female and 0.4% male students experienced a sexual penetration attempt without their consent
  • 2.8% female and 0.4% male students experienced  sexual penetration without their consent 
  • 10.4% of students reported being in an emotionally abusive relationship and 2.8% in a physically abusive relationship 
  • 1.9% of students reported being in a sexually abusive relationship 
  • 3.8% of students reported being the victim of stalking


Sex without consent is rape.

Consent is when all adult parties verbally agree to participate in a sexual act. All parties must:

  • share an understanding of what they are consenting to
  • share a cultural knowledge about the meaning of the act for which they are giving consent
  • offer consent freely, without coercion, force or manipulation
  • be fully mentally capable of offering consent
  • know that they can offer consent and still maintain the option to change their mind at any given point and still be treated respectfully

Someone can never legally give consent in the state of Arizona if they are:

  • under the age of 18
  • severely developmentally disabled or seriously mentally ill
  • intoxicated or under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol

Sometimes it is very difficult to know when consent is being given. Our society is dripping with mixed signals. It is possible that one of the parties may not feel safe enough to say "no" clearly. Sometimes the signals are there, but they are ignored.

Some people think that "it ruins the moment" to ask aloud if what is happening is okay. By using clear words, the person asking creates a safe and comfortable space (which is the only space for sexual expression). It shows that all parties are respected and valued.

Remember to stop, ask, and clarify. The difference could mean rape.