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Sexual Assault/Violence

What Affect Does Sexual Violence Have On
Academics and Achievement?

  • In nearly every case of sexual violence, survivors cannot perform at the same academic levels that they did prior to the attack
  • Survivors regularly withdraw from classes altogether.
  • In more traumatic incidents, victims leave school until they recover - sometimes transferring to another school.
  • ~ American Association of University of Women

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual Assault is any sexual act done to another person without their consent. Just because someone else does not say "NO" does NOT mean that they have given consent.

What is Consent?

Consent is based on choice. Consent is active not passive. Consent is possible only when there is equal power. Giving in because of fear is not consent. Persons under the influence of drugs or alcohol are incapable of giving consent. Minors under the age of 18 are not legally able to give consent to sexual intercourse.

What Are Some Examples of Sexual Assault?

Sexual Assault is a broad term used to describe many forms of sexual violence, including, but not limited to:
  • Unwanted fondling or touching
  • Child molestation
  • "Flashing" or indecent exposure
  • Incest
  • Forced or unwanted oral sex
  • Rape

Where Can Someone Go for Help if They Are Raped or Sexually Assaulted

The reality is, sexual assault can happen to anyone: men, women or children, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. It can happen anytime: day or night.
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline RAINN (800) 656-HOPE
  • Santa Clara County Rape Crisis, Community Solutions, (408) 779-2115
  • San Benito County, Community Solutions 831-637-SAFE (831-637-7233)
THE CRISIS LINE IS A COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL AND ANONYMOUS SERVICE, where individuals can share their experiences with someone who understands, and receive information and referrals

What is The Process of Reporting A Sexual Assault Crime?

Each sexual assault crime is different so the reporting process and case outcomes may vary.
  • A report is taken by law enforcement.
  • Survivors are informed that they have the right to an advocate who will provide on-going support and information.
  • Notify Campus Security by calling 408-848-4703 or 408-710-7490.

Services Available

Survivors of sexual assault can meet with a victim advocate for up to 10 peer counseling sessions. During these sessions, survivors are given a safe place to talk about their experiences with someone who understands what the survivor is going through and will listen without judgment.

The sessions also provide an opportunity for the advocate to discuss future safety, healthy goal setting and the availability of other community resources with the survivor. Sexual assault advocates also provide medical, law enforcement and court accompaniment/support services. Professional counseling may also be available to encourage the healing process.

Trained Advocates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist survivors, their friends and family members.

  • Santa Clara County Rape Crisis, Community Solutions (408) 779-2115
  • Confidential counseling is available on campus through Counseling (408-848-4723) or Student Health Services (408-848-4791)