Sexual Assault

Most of the victims are women but every year approximately 1% of those who are sexually assaulted are male.

The effects of rape on these student victims can be devastating, creating emotional, trauma-related difficulties and consequently, disrupting or ending their academic careers. Many students may experience short term difficulties with concentration, high levels of anxiety or depression, and fears of navigating on campus. During an acute period, this may impact their ability to hand in work or sit for exams.

In your role as a faculty or staff person interacting with students you can play a valuable role in helping students identify the range of services they may need or want.

Although counseling is an appropriate referral, it's helpful for you to be aware that students experiencing rape or sexual assaults may also require more or different services as well.

Some students may be more concerned about interacting with the police, legal or discipline systems in order to feel physically safe. Other students might be concerned about securing a medical evaluation and treatment for possible pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.

More details on how to help sexual assault victims.