Did You Know...
- Rape is an aggressive act. It is a crime of violence where sex is the weapon used to exert power and control.
- Most sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim - friends, acquaintances, intimate partners, and family members.
- The highest risk group for rape is females between 16 and 24 years old.
- Men and nonbinary people are also victims of sexual violence.
- Most victims do not report the crime.
- The drug most commonly used to facilitate sexual violence is alcohol.
- The key issue in rape is consent.
- Help is available.
It is on all of us to help keep each other safe. Here are some tips:
- When going out with friends, make sure to check in with each other throughout the event and after leaving.
- Always be alert.
- Trust your instincts. If a situation feels wrong, it probably is.
- Remeber the three D's of being a good bystander!
- Direct: Directly inserting yourself into a potential situation and stopping it by addressing the people involved (asking someone if they are OK, walking an intoxicated friend out of a party, telling someone their jokes are offensive)
- Delegate: If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable stepping in, getting someone who might be better equipped (getting security to remove someone who is being aggressive, telling an RA that you're concerned about your roommate's relationship, asking a friend who is closer to a classmate than you are to check in on them)
- Distract: Distracting those involved before the situation escalates (asking someone who is uncomfortable to help you find your keys, spilling water on the floor near two people in an argument, asking someone who is making someone else uncomfortable if you know them from a class)
The advocate is available for presentations each semester. Victim Advocate Program presentations can be general or tailored to a specific audience. Presentations topics include but are not limited to:
- Domestic Violence
- Relationship Violence
- Sexual Violence
- Supporting Survivors
Please contact the advocate at (850) 412-5667 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a presentation. Two weeks' notice is requested.