Drury University is deeply concerned about any incident of sexual assault. It is punishable by civil and criminal legal action. It is also a serious violation of the community standards of Drury University and it will not be tolerated within our community.
Any sexual act that involves someone being forced or coerced into participating is considered sexual assault. Anyone can be a victim of sexual assault: woman, man, or child. Perpetrators of sexual assault could be significant others, family members, acquaintances, or strangers.
Unfortunately, sexual assault and rape are not uncommon among college students. Twenty to twenty-five percent of women surveyed nationally have reported being a victim of rape or attempted rape while in college. Additionally, the most frequent survivors of reported rape are women who are ages 16 to 24. While men experience rape or attempted rape (by either women or men) less often than women (one in thirty-three men), the impact to a male survivor is just as hurtful. Unfortunately, only an estimated one in ten incidents of male sexual assault are reported to the police.
Sexual activity requires consent, which is defined as voluntary, positive agreement between the participants to engage in specific sexual activity. Here are some examples of what consent IS and what it IS NOT.
Consent IS NOT
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Survivors of sexual assault may blame themselves or worry they will be blamed by others for the incident. Often, individuals are unwilling to acknowledge that someone has hurt them in this way, and they may be cautious about accessing the services they need. Survivors of sexual assault may feel many emotions including guilt, fear, anger, shame, powerlessness, and depression. Individuals may experience long-term repercussions to their psychological and physical health, and these injuries can affect a person in many areas of his or her life.
If you have been sexually assaulted as a child, an adolescent, or since attending college, talking with someone about this traumatic experience can be very important in beginning the healing process. A counselor at the Drury University Counseling Center can help you process your experience, support you in determining whether you want to report the incident, and guide you in coping with the trauma. Services at the Counseling Center are free and confidential.
*You may also make an anonymous report at www.drury.edu/webtip.
Avoid eating, drinking, showering, bathing, douching, or changing your clothes before going to the doctor. Evidence can be collected shortly after a sexual assault that can be helpful if you decide to prosecute. These activities might result in destroying evidence. It is a good idea to have evidence taken even if you are uncertain about pressing charges. Evidence can be stored anonymously for up to six months.