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What is sexual assault?
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What is sexual assault?Sexual assault is a term that is used to describe a broad range of unwanted sexual contact. Any type of sexual assault is illegal, and you may consider pressing charges.
Information from the Texas Penal Code can be found here.
Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact that happens against a person's will or without consent. This can include sexual assault, sexual abuse, or rape. These happen because the perpetrator wants to feel powerful and in control. These actions include any unwanted contact, including intercourse, touching, or any other sexual stimulation that is performed without consent or through the use of threat or force.
Sexual abuse is any type of sexual interaction between an adult and a minor, including sexual intercourse, touching, or contact.
Rape is any kind of sexual intercourse that is committed against a person's will or is committed with or by the threat of force. There are two types: date rape and stranger rape.
Date Rape (aka "acquaintance rape") is a form of sexual assault involving unwanted sexual activities with someone the rape survivor knows. If a person says no and is still forced into having sex, then it's considered rape. Many times women or men who have been date raped do not view the assault as rape. Often times on a college campus, the survivor and the perpetrator will live near each other.
The bottom line is "yes" means yes and "no" means no!
Stranger rape is when a victim does not know the perpetrator.
What should I do if I have been assaulted?
You may experience some symptoms of trauma, which include sleep disturbances, eating pattern disturbances, mood swings, feelings of humiliation or self blame, nightmares, anger, fear of sex, and difficulty in trusting others. If you do experience these symptoms, the best thing to do is to get some help.
Important numbers for getting assistance:
Baylor University Police Department: (254) 710-2222
Baylor University Counseling Center: (254) 710-2647
Is it my fault?No. It is not your fault. No one ever deserves to be a victim of sexual assault.
The Baylor University Counseling Center has counselors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To speak with a counselor or to make an appointment, call (254) 710-2647. You can also stop by the Baylor University Counseling Center, located on the 2nd floor of the McLane Student Life Center (the SLC).
The connection between alcohol and sexual assaultAlcohol impairs judgment and lowers inhibition. It also lowers the ability of a person to recognize a dangerous situation. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, alcohol is the most common drug used to help commit sexual assault.
When a person drinks too much alcohol:
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ResourcesBaylor University Counseling Center (BUCC)
The BUCC has counselors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To speak with a counselor or to make an appointment, call (254) 710-2647. You may also stop by the Counseling Center, located on the 2nd floor of the McLane Student Life Center (the SLC).
For an emergency when you need immediate assistance,
call the Baylor University Police Department:
Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center
100 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX 76712
6901 Medical Parkway
Waco, TX 76712
(354) 751-4180 (Emergency room)
Waco Advocacy Center http://www.advocacycntr.org
2323 Columbus Avenue
Waco, TX 76701
Local crisis line: (254) 752-7233
National toll free: (888) 867-7233
National Sexual Assault Hotline
All calls are free and kept anonymous
Texas and national resources
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) http://www.taasa.org
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) http://www.rainn.org
Counseling Center Village http://ccvillage.buffalo.edu/vpc.html
The United States Department of Justice http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/sexassault.htm
Office on Violence Against Women
Want to get involved at Baylor?
Active Minds is a new organization on campus. The Baylor chapter of this national organization seeks to reduce the stigma of getting help, increase awareness of mental health issues, and act as a liaison for outreach to the community. Various speakers, fundraisers, and outreach activities are offered throughout the year. One of these areas of outreach, sexual assault, addresses reducing barriers to getting help and increasing awareness on campus.If you are interested, please contact Kerri Bond, graduate assistant for outreach by email, Kerri_Bond@baylor.edu, or by phone (254) 710-4486.