Statistics show 1 in 4 women and 1 in 12 men will be raped in their lifetime. Between 60% and 80% of sexual assault is acquaintance rape, where the attacker knows the victim. Of these assaults, 90% involve the use of alcohol.
|What to do if You or Someone You Know is Assaulted:
- Get to a safe place.
- Tell someone you trust. 40% of sexual assault victims never tell anyone about their assault. It is a tremendous burden to bear alone. A support person can help in the healing process.
- Seek medical attention immediately. In addition to bruises and external injuries, there may also be internal injuries.
- Do not bathe, douche or change clothes after the incident. This can eliminate evidence of pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections or documentation of any physical evidence.
- At FAU, the Victim’s Advocate, Student Health Services and the Counseling Center can assist with support and services. This is a time when medical attention and counseling support can make a significant difference in recovery.
- Decide if you want to press charges.
- Rape is not your fault, it is a crime. You did not ask for or deserve it.
|How to Help if a Friend Has Been Sexually Assaulted
- Listen and believe them. Try not to press for details.
- Be supportive. Be prepared to listen for as long as your friend needs support. Understand the emotional effects of rape do not go away very quickly.
- Encourage your friend to get medical attention and counseling.
- Protect your friend’s privacy. Do not reveal the incident to other people.
- Don’t judge. Pointing out what your friend could have done differently will not help them heal.
|Resources at FAU
| For more information about services or crisis intervention please contact FAU Victim Services @ 561-297-0500 or University Police @ 561-297-3500. If it is an emergency, call 911 immediately. In addition, you can contact the Counseling Center @ 564-297-3540 or Student Health Services @ 561-297-3512. www.fau.edu/police/victimservices • www.fau.edu/counseling • www.fau.edu/shs