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SEXUAL ASSAULT

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is Sexual Assault a problem at HWS?
A. Sexual Assault is problem in our society at large - and unfortunately these issues are also present on ALL college campuses. Anyone, anywhere can be a victim of a sexual assault. HWS is as safe as most campuses in America and we are working everyday to make the campus as safe as possible for everyone.

Q. Do I have to go to a Sexual Assault clinic or hospital?
A. No. The choice to seek medical attention is completely up to you. Seeking medical care after a sexual assault is very important, however, due to the possibility of contracting an STD or becoming pregnant. Trained medical personnel at clinics or the hospital can assist you with any questions you may have.

Q. Something sexual happened but I'm not sure it was rape. Can I still get help?
A. Of course you can get help and receive services here at HWS or off campus as well. Many students decline to call their situation a "rape" or "sexual assault". Whatever you prefer to refer to the traumatic event as, please know that you can always receive assistance from the Hubbs Health Center, the Counseling Center, another campus or community service agency, or any other person that you feel comfortable talking to.

Q. How do you know if you've been slipped a date rape drug?
A. People who have had date rape drugs slipped into a drink often do not remember what happened and often become unconscious. Victims who have been given a date rape drug such as GHB, Rohypnol, or Ketmaine will act and feel drunk at a rate much faster than usual; an individual under the influence may also feel dizzy, nauseous, may sweat and have memory loss.

Q. Can I get the "morning after pill" at Health Services?
A. Yes, the morning after pill, also known as emergency contraception (EC), is available. This is a high dose birth control regimen and is highly effective in preventing pregnancy if taken within 72 hours after the sexual assault.

Q. Is it still rape even though I didn't fight back?
A. Absolutely. If the sexual act was perpetrated through the use of force, coercion, or threat - if consent was not freely given, it is rape. Even if you were too afraid to yell, or if you believed it would be safer to cooperate with the aggressor, it is still rape. You do not need outward signs of victimization for a rape to perpetrated.

Q. Was it my fault because I kissed him/her, went back to his/her place, was out late, wore a revealing dress/dressed in a suggestive manner, flirted, or got drunk/used drugs?
A. NO! No matter what you did, where you went, what you wore, how often you dated him or her, or how much you drank, rape is NEVER EVER your fault.


(Taken from the University of Texas at Arlington.)