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.
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.
Sexual Violence Impacts Everyone: Sexual violence is a social and public health problem in the U.S. 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.
Victims Often Know the Person who Sexually Assaults Them: People who sexually abuse can be family members, friends, romantic partners, or other trusted individuals. They may use coercion, manipulation, threats, or force to commit sexual violence.
Victims Are Never the Blame: It doesn’t matter what someone was wearing, how they were acting, if they were drinking, or what type of relationship they had with the person who abused them.
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