Sexual Assault & Dating Violence

Sexual assault, sexual harassment and dating violence are hidden but widespread problems. Chances are that you or someone you know has been affected by these problems. Anyone, regardless of gender, race or education can be a victim. Because of the shame and fear that many victims experience, it may be difficult to reach out and get help. These pages will help you learn more about sexual assault, sexual harassment and dating violence. You will find information about legal definitions, resources for survivors of violence, suggestions on how to respect the rights and wishes of partners, and ways you can look out for the health and safety of friends and loved ones.

Certain drugs are more commonly used in incidents of drug facilitated sexual assaults, as well as in other crimes. These drugs are termed predatory drugs or sometimes "date rape" drugs. 

Consent is a concept that can be applied to everyday social interactions as well as sexual experiences.  People have a variety of values around bodily autonomy which may impact their preferences around physical interaction, so it is important to speak with people ahead of time about their expectations and personal boundaries.  The information in this article is intended to help well-meaning people take care of themselves and each other in sexual situations, but it is important to be aware that the language of consent may be manipulated to hurt someone.

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PHONE NUMBERS
  • 401.863-2794
    Health Promotion
  • 401.863-3953
    Health Services
  • 401.863-6000
    Sexual Assault Response Line
  • 401.863-4111
    EMS
  • 401.863-3476
    Counseling & Psychological Services
  • 401.863-4111
    DPS
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