Stop Sexual Violence
Nobody is immune to sexual violence and its shattering effects. You can protect yourself and others by knowing the facts about rape and sexual assault. Here are some common questions:
What is sexual violence?
Sexual violence involves any sexual acts that are forced upon another person. An act is “forced” when the victim refuses or does not consent—verbally or otherwise—because he or she is overcome by fear, is unconscious or physically powerless, or is incapable of refusing because of mental deficiency, disease, or the effects of alcohol or drugs.
Is it true that only women are victims?
No. Any person can be a victim of sexual assault. Research suggests that 10 to 15 percent of men will be sexually abused or assaulted in their lifetime. This issue is about control and power, and the right of each individual to give consent.
How can I recognize a rapist?
You can't. Rapists don’t wear a self-identifying sign. They look like—and are—the guy next door, the student in your class, or someone’s brother.
Are rape and acquaintance rape the only forms of sexual assault?
No. Sexual assault can take many forms. It includes rape, sexual battery, and all other coerced sexual activity.
What is consent?
At the heart of consent is the idea that every person, woman or man, has a right to personal sovereignty. That includes a right not to be acted upon by someone else (especially in a sexual manner) unless given clear permission to do so. Here are some important consent facts:
• Consent to one form of sexual activity does not imply consent to other forms of sexual activity. Consent means that you cannot make assumptions about what your partner does or does not want. Absence of clear signals is a sign to stop.
• Consent may be given verbally or non-verbally, based on an active, informed, mindful, freely decided choice. Intoxication from drugs or alcohol may make this legally impossible.
• To be valid, consent must be given before sexual activity. “After the fact” is not the time to discuss boundaries. Communicate!
How can I get involved?
Join a student group to keep our campus safe:
• Proactive Educators for the Elimination of Rape and Sexual assault (PEERS) is a two-semester, 3-credit seminar that provides in-depth training about the cultural, psychological, medical, criminal, profiling, and legal-system aspects of sexual assault. Members make presentations to campus organizations, living groups, and classes.
• Wildcats Against Rape is a student group formed to bring activism to the issue of violence against K-State women and women in general.
Where to get help
Call Mercy Hospital
Emergency room: 785-776-3322
SANE-SART nurses (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team): 785-323-6880
For more information
Find more rape prevention info from the Women’s Center (click on the “rape info” button)