WHAT TO DO IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED
Rape and sexual assault pose significant health and psychological risks for college students. Trends tell us that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men will be victims of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. On average, 85% of women knew their attacker. The highest period of risk for college-age women is the first 3 to 4 months of their freshman year. 90% of campus sexual assaults involve alcohol or others drugs. Only 10% of women and less than 5% of men report assaults. The following is intended to provide information on how to seek medical, legal, and psychological assistance if you have been a victim of sexual assault, or if someone you know has been a victim.
A DEFINITION OF RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT:
Rape is generally defined as forced or nonconsensual sexual intercourse. In Wisconsin it is considered rape if penetration occurs when the victim is unable to give consent or prevented from resisting, due to being intoxicated or drugged. Sexual assault is a broader term than rape. It includes various types of unwanted sexual touching or penetration without consent.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN ASSAULTED:
Go to a safe place. Call someone you trust.
If you want to report the assault, contact campus police (342.1584) or Platteville Police Department (911).
Monday – Friday, 7:45am through 4:14pm contact Student Health Services (342.1891) for medical care.
After hours, or on weekends, go to Southwest Health Center ER (1400 East Side Rd, Platteville, 608.348.2331) for medical care.
If you reside in the residence halls, contact your RA or your RD. An on-call system is in place to insure that someone is available to you.
If you plan to report the assault, consider preserving all physical evidence of the assault and write down as much as you can remember about the circumstances of the assault.
Monday – Friday, 8am through 4:30pm contact University Counseling Services (342.1865) to talk with a counselor who is trained in assisting victims of assault.
After hours, or in the event you want the services of a trained legal advocate, contact Family Advocates (toll-free number 1.800.924.2624) or Riverview Center, Inc. (toll-free number 888.707.8155).
WHAT IF YOUR ATTACKER IS ALSO A UW-PLATTEVILLE STUDENT?
The University of Wisconsin System and UW-Platteville have established a student code of conduct which addresses non-academic misconduct. If you and the person who has assaulted you both live in the residence halls, contact Residence Life (342.1845) to request assistance in determining and establishing your immediate safety. According to UWS Chapter 17 you have the right to pursue either an informal or formal investigation into the assault. Sanctions against the individual who has assaulted you can range from a reprimand, to denial of specified university privileges, to suspension or expulsion. Both the victim and alleged perpetrator have rights that must be acknowledged in the event the case is addressed through the formal process. You can speak directly to the Dean of Students or Student Affairs Staff (342.1854) to obtain more information.
WHAT IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN ASSAULTED?
The above-listed information should help you in determining what action you can take to best support your friend. Make sure they know you want to help. Listen to them; let them know they have choices and options. Prioritize their safety as well as their physical and emotional health. Encourage them to seek medical care and talk to a trained counselor or sexual assault advocate. Most importantly, protect your friend’s privacy. Be sensitive to what is all involved in the healing process.