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What Every College Student Needs to Know about Sexual Assault

Post Date:10/09/2017 11:00 AM

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What Every College Student Needs to Know about Sexual Assault

According to multiple studies, female students are at an increased risk for sexual assault during the first few weeks of their first semester on campus. Most college students who are sexually assaulted are victimized by someone they know. Although stranger rapes occur, acquaintance rape is by far the most prevalent form of sexual violence among college students.

Acquaintance rape is a misunderstood form of criminal violence. There is a common misconception that acquaintance rape is not as serious, not as criminal, and not as traumatic to the victim as stranger rape. Some people think it isn’t “real rape.” These are mistaken beliefs. Rape is a felony crime, regardless of the offender’s relationship to the victim.

Acquaintance rape is just as serious and just as devastating to the victim as stranger rape.

Although the only true way to prevent rape is to stop the rapist from raping, here are some steps you can take to avoid or help to prevent acquaintance rape.

  1. Know your sexual intentions and limits and communicate them clearly.
  2. Remember that some people think that drinking heavily, wearing certain clothing, or agreeing to be alone with them indicates a willingness to have sex.
  3. Trust your “gut” feelings.
  4. Ask for help or “make a scene” if you feel threatened.
  5. Be especially careful in situations involving the use of drugs or alcohol.
  6. Listen carefully to the person you are with in sexual situations.

For more information and useful tips see:

If you see something, say something!


(Safety message provided as a courtesy by Jo Anna Butron, Director of Security (831) 646-4099)

For additional safety information, please visit the MPC Campus Safety page on our website!