Sexual Assault

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.

Consent

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

  • An agreement made when BOTH people want to have sex or engage in sexual activity
  • When BOTH people can freely express their needs and wants without fear of their partner’s reaction
  • Mutual
  • Voluntary
  • Sober
  • Talked about before any sexual activity
  • Enthusiastic
  • Fun

Consent IS NOT

  • The absence of “no”
  • Implied or assumed, even in a relationship
  • Silence or not responding
  • When someone says “yes” because they feel pressured or afraid of how their partner would respond to no
  • “I’m not sure”
  • “I don’t know”
  • “I’m scared"
  • Consent for one thing does not mean consent for everything
  • Consent given once does not mean always
  • Being passed out or sleeping does not equal consent
  • When someone is intoxicated

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Additional Information

We’re Here to Help…

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. 

What to Do if You are Sexually Assaulted

  1. Get to a safe place as soon as possible.
  2. Call someone for help and support.
    Contact your Resident Director or Resident Assistant
      • Andrew Goodall 873-7382- Residence Life Coordinator/Resident Director- Wallace
      • Jacob Popa 873-7423- Resident Director- Smith Hall
      • Katrina Valera 873-6975- Area Director
      • Rebecca Senn 873-7423- Resident Director- Sunderland Hall
      • Campus Safety and Security 873-7400 or 873-7911 (for emergency)
      • National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE
      • Springfield Police Department 864-1810
      • Call 911

      *You may also make an anonymous report at www.drury.edu/webtip

  3. Get Medical Attention.
    All of the above personnel are trained to assist you. They will facilitate your transportation to a hospital or MD for medical treatment. Whether the incident occurred on or off campus, the above campus personnel can assist you in getting the physical and emotional support you need. Even if you think you were not hurt, you may have internal injuries. Early testing and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and possible pregnancy can prevent further problems.
  4. 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.

  5. Seek Counseling.
    Regardless of whether you report the assault, it is often helpful to seek counseling for the traumatic experience you have survived. The crisis intervention and counseling services provided by Drury’s Counseling Center are available to all students regardless of where the assault may have happened. The Drury Counseling Center is located on the lower level of Findlay Student Center in suite 114.  Counselors can be reached at 417-873-7418 or 417-873-7457.