What is Sexual Violence?
Sexual Violence is any sexual act that is perpetrated
against another person’s will. Such acts include nonconsensual sex acts (i.e.
rape), attempted nonconsensual sex act, abusive sexual contact (i.e. unwanted
touching), non-contact abuse (threatened sexual violence, exhibitionism, verbal
sexual harassment).[i] For
more information on Sexual Violence click HERE.
Who is affected by Sexual Violence?
Sexual Violence affects everyone.
Sexual Violence is a major issue on most Colleges/Universities campuses in the
Studies estimate 20 to 25% of females will be
victims of rape or attempted rape on campus each year.
1 in 5 women are raped while attending college.
37.4% of female rape victims experienced their
first rape between ages 18-24.[iii]
6.6 million people are stalked in one year in
the United States.
Most victims of physically forced or
incapacitated sexual assault were assaulted by someone they knew (79% and 88%).[iv]
It is estimated that for every 1,000 women
attending college or a university, there are 35 incidents of rape each academic
It is estimated that 13% lesbian women, 46%
bisexual women, and 1 in 6 women experience rape or another sexual violent act.[vi]
What is sexual
Sexual Assault is any sexual contact without consent. Sexual
assault consists of a variety of behaviors to include forcible acts (Forcible
Rape, Forcible Sodomy, Sexual Assault with an object, Forcible Fondling) and non-forcible
acts (Incest and Statutory Rape). Click HERE
concerning Sexual Assault Laws in the State of Alabama.
What is Rape?
Rape is forced sexual intercourse, including vaginal, anal,
or oral penetration. Penetration may be by a body part or by an object. [vii]
What is Stalking?
Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific
person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. To learn more about
stalking click HERE.
What is consent and
why is it important?
Any sexual contact without consent is sexual assault. Ensure
that you have consent prior to making any sexual contact with another person.
Here is what consent means:[viii]
Consent can be taken back at any time.
Consent is not a “given”-consenting once doesn’t
mean consenting forever.
Consent is not a “free pass” or saying yes to
one act does not mean yes to other acts.
It is not consent if you’re afraid of saying no.
It is not consent if a person cannot legitimately give consent (i.e. sleeping,
intoxicated, or “high”).
In a healthy relationship, giving and receiving
consent is an ongoing process-always ask first! Communication is important!
Be clear and direct with your partner if you
don’t want to do something. Be honest and be heard. If your partner does not listen,
leave the situation immediately.
For more information on Consent,
What do I do if I am sexually assaulted?
Know what happened is NOT your fault and that you are not alone. As you begin the
recovery process, there are two points to remember:
caring people who can help you
1. Find a safe location away from the
Ask a trusted friend to be with you for support.
Go to a campus Blue Light Telephone.
Go to a Residential Life Hall Director’s Office.
Go to the AAMU Student Health & Counseling Center.
Go to the AAMU Department of Public Safety.
Go to AAMU Student Health & Wellness Center.
2. Report the attack to any of the following
authorities, including a responsible employee.
AAMU Department of Public Safety (256)-372-5555
Ms. Cassandra Tarver-Ross, Title IX Coordinator (256)-372-5836
Dial 911/Huntsville Police (256) 427-7114 or
AAMU Student Health & Counseling (256)
Crisis Services of North Alabama (256) 716-1000
AAMU Student Emergency After Hours (256)
Pick up a AAMU Campus Blue Light Telephone
Hunter’s Hotline (256) 297-1707
you are concerned about confidentiality, ask the person you want to talk to
first about their obligation to disclose information you share.
3. Preserve all evidence of the attack.
for more information regarding preservation of evidence.
4. Seek medical care as soon as possible from
a confidential source.
Report to Alabama A&M Student Health
Center (256) 372-5601.
After hours, call (256) 425-4201 or (256)
425-4554 for immediate services.
Report to Huntsville Hospital.
5. Recognize that healing from an attack takes
time and understand that others have experienced similar reactions you may
Counseling Services are available at Alabama A&M University Health and Counseling.
A Counselor can be reached after hours at (256)
Click HERE for
possible experiences and or reactions.
What do I do if I
witness a Sexual Assault/Misconduct?[ix]
1. Call AAMU Department of Public Safety (256) 372-5000 or Contact Judicial Affairs
another person. Being with others is ideal when a situation looks potentially
a friend in a questionable situation if he/she wants to leave and make sure
that he/she gets to a safe location.
a victim if he/she is OK and provide a listening ear.
6. Call Crisis Services of North Alabama for support and options.
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(2013). Combating Sexual Violence on
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to the Future [PDF]. Enola, PA: National Sexual Violence Resource Center,
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message]. Retrieved from http://www.loveisrespect.org/what-sexual-coercion
[ix] University of New
Hampshire (n.d.) Bringing in the Bystander: What Can I do? Prevention Innovations. Retrieved from