Dean of Students

Introduction

This Survivor’s Guide is designed to help you whether you are a victim of a sexual assault or know someone who has been assaulted. Rape and sexual assault pose significant health risks for college students. In a recent national survey, 1 out of 6 women reported being a victim or attempted rape. Approximately 30 percent of these women were between the ages of 18 and 24 when they were sexually assaulted. Most college students who are raped are victimized by someone they know. These assaults are called “acquaintance rapes.” Coping with the impact of rape can be especially difficult for a college student. The effects of rape trauma often interfere with a student’s ability to fulfill academic responsibilities and to participate in the social activities that are an integral part of campus life. College students who are raped (male and female) must deal with making important decisions, such as whether to seek medical treatment, notify campus officials, file a police report, contact their parents, and/or seek out help from campus or community resources. In addition, most victims have concerns about their personal privacy and safety, as well as how to deal with the reactions of family members and friends. Certain sections of this guide may be more helpful to you than others. The guide is intended to be a comprehensive resource for members of the Clark community seeking help and information about sexual violence. You will find that the different sections are designed to be helpful at different stages of the healing process. Some sections are addressed specifically to a victim of sexual assault while other sections are written for the friends of survivors. Most of the information herein applies to any victim of sexual violence, although there are specific references to both male and female survivors when necessary and appropriate.