Sexual Assault Awareness Council (SAAC)

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.


What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is any forced or coerced sexual intercourse or contact. It is a crime of violence in which assailants, whether known to the victim or not, are motivated by a desire to humiliate and/or exert power over the victim. (Wisconsin State Statutes 940-225 and 948.02) In short, any sexual contact that is not wanted is sexual assault.