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SEXUAL ASSAULT INFORMATION
What Women Should Know
· You have the right to express your feelings and wishes. Do it verbally, and clearly.
· Say "No" or "Not now" if you are unsure. Say you want to stop if you become uncomfortable.
· Stereotypes such as "Anger is not feminine" or "Always be polite" can put you in jeopardy.
· You have the absolute right to make choices about your behavior, and the right to expect those choices to be respected.
What Men Should Know
· It is never okay to coerce or force your sexual wishes on a partner, even if you think she wants you to, or you have spent a lot of time or money on her.
· "No" means "No", whether verbal or nonverbal. If you think it means "Maybe", it also means "Not now". If you are unsure, ask, but don't assume.
· Whenever you use or imply force or threats to have sex, you are committing the crime of rape, even if you know the woman, or have had sex with her before.
· Sexual assault and rape are acts of violence, not of passion.
· If someone is unable to give consent because of alcohol or drug impairment it is sexual assault.
What Can I do if I am Sexually Assaulted? The following are suggestions:
Seek medical attention. Go to the emergency room of the hospital. A medical examination is very important. You can decide later whether to pursue legal action against the attacker.
Avoid washing or changing clothes, brushing teeth or using the bathroom. By doing any of these things, evidence could be destroyed that could later be used against the attacker if you should pursue legal action.
Report the crime to the police and/or college officials. After a police officer takes your statement, you can decide whether to press charges. If your attacker is a college student, consider providing information to the college, and cooperate with any investigation procedures the college may initiate. The UPD number is 915-7234