Understanding Sexual Violence
In California, sexual assault is defined as touching the intimate part of another person against that person's will and for the specific purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse. This is a misdemeanor sexual battery under the California sexual assault laws.
Sexual violence (SV) is a significant problem in the United States. SV refers to sexual activity when consent is not obtained or not given freely.
Anyone can experience SV, but most victims are female. The person responsible for the violence is typically male and usually someone known to the victim.
Staying Safe on Campus
College campuses can give you a sense of security—a feeling that everyone knows each other and watches out for one another. There are perpetrators who take advantage of this feeling of safety and security to commit acts of sexual violence.
We can all take steps to increase safety on college campuses. As bystanders, students can learn ways of stepping in to prevent crimes like sexual assault from occurring.
Sexual Violence Impacts Everyone: Sexual violence affects millions of Americans. Every 73 seconds an American is sexually assaulted (RAINN). According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lives.
Campus Sexual Violence: Statistics
- 13% of all students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation (among all graduate and undergraduate students)
- Among graduate and professional students, 9.7% of females and 2.5% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation.
- Among undergraduate students, 26.4% of females and 6.8% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation
- Women ages 18-24 who are college students are 3 times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence. Females of the same age who are not enrolled in college are 4 times more likely.
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What To Do If Sexually Assaulted
The Kern Community College District and Porterville College do not condone or tolerate any sexual assault (rape, fondling, incest, or statutory rape), dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking. Members of our communities who may be victims of sexual assault shall be treated with dignity.
If you are in danger or need help now, call 911. If you've experienced sexual violence and are not in immediate danger, find services and get help on campus.
Contact PC Safety & Security or Law Enforcement
Contact Porterville College Office of Public Safety (PCOPS) or the Porterville Police Department for assistance with reporting the incident. Reports of all sex offenses made to PCOPS will be referred to the Title IX Coordinator for investigation, regardless of the complainant’s choice to pursue criminal charges. PCOPS and the Title IX Coordinator will assist the victim in contacting the correct law enforcement agency, if requested. Victims have the right to decline to report any crime at any time.
After a sex offense incident, victims should seek medical attention right away. Go to the nearest emergency room for a physical exam and possible collection of evidence. An official from Porterville College can take you if you would feel more comfortable. Healthcare professionals will check for physical trauma, sexually transmitted diseases, and possible pregnancy.
The Title IX Coordinator can assist you with setting up counseling services that are free of charge and confidential. If you choose to seek out your own private counseling, costs may be associated. If you are not comfortable talking with a counselor, consider talking with a trusted friend or family member. Counseling is often crucial to the recovery process. Survivors are encouraged to see the assistance of qualified professionals, even if many years have elapsed since the incident.
If the incident and its aftermath begin interfering with your ability to complete your academic coursework, the Title IX Coordinator or the Vice President of Student Services may be able to help you explore academic relief options. Such accommodations are reasonably available regardless of whether a report has been filed or not.
Survivors may request that their directory information with the College be kept confidential by submitting a request to Admissions & Records. Engaging this request means that personally identifiable information is only shared with other college officials on a need-to-know basis. Those officials include, but are not limited to, those that are investigating the incident, those that are providing support services, and those that are providing accommodations or protective measures for the victim. This allows the College to maintain the victim’s confidentiality while continuing to assist with mitigation of the incident.