Sexual assault encompasses acts that range from unwanted touching to rape. Sexual assault occurs when a person does not, or is unable to consent to sexual activity. A person is unable to consent when he or she is forced, threatened, intimidated or is mentally or physically incapacitated.
Statistics vary on how many people are affected by sexual assault. On college campuses, it is estimated that 1 in 4 women have experienced either rape or attempted rape.* In reality, sexual assault affects everyone, whether directly or indirectly.
If you know someone who has been sexually assaulted, you can help. If you have experienced sexual assault, whether it was recently or in the past, remember that you are not alone. There are people who can be resources for you throughout your process of healing and recovery.
This website offers information on the resources available on campus, the local community, and within our state/nationally. We highly encourage you to make an appointment with a professional counselor at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at (504) 314-2277. In addition, the Coordinator of Violence Prevention and Support Services, or a trained member of SAPHE (Sexual Aggression Peer Hotline & Education) can provide you with further support and resources that may be helpful. SAPHE is available 24 hours a day during the spring and fall semesters while classes are in session by calling (504) 654-9543.
*Fisher, S., Cullen, F., Turner, M. 2000. The Sexual Victimization of College Women. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice. We thank the College of William & Mary and their Sexual Assault Resources and Education Program Education Program for permission to reproduce much of the content used for this section on sexual assault.
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