Sexual Assault Awareness
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM), a time to bring awareness and promote advocacy for a crisis that effects on average one in every three women and one in every six men. According to The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), it is estimated that 23.1% of female and 5.4% of male undergraduate college students experience rape or sexual assault. Every ninety-two seconds someone is sexually assaulted and eight out of every ten sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. It can be incredibly difficult to speak up when you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, but it is important to remember you are not alone. Georgia State University’s Student Victim Assistance office offers a wide range of resources to assist students including:
- Confidential disclosure for sexual assault, dating violence and stalking
- Exploration of options
- Direct crisis intervention
- Referrals to on and off campus resources
- Information and resources
- Consultation and education to students, faculty and staff
- Ongoing follow-up and support as needed
- Personalized safety planning
Student Health Promotion has additional personal safety resources and educational programs to increase awareness and prevention of sexual assault.
Assisting a Victim
There are many things you can do to assist a victim:
- If someone discloses to you that they have been sexually assaulted believe them
- Listen to the person without judgement.
- Encourage them to seek medical attention.
- Let them know that you support them.
- Provide resources.
- Student Victim Assistance can inform a student of their rights, reporting options provides a confidential after-hours crisis line at 404-413-1965.
- The Counseling and Testing Center provides confidential counseling for students on all campuses. For the after-hours crisis line, call 404-413-1640.
- The National Sexual Assault hotline is available 24 hours and seven days a week at 1-800-656-4673.
- Georgia State University Police can help with issues of safety and reporting 404-413-3333.
What to Say to Show Support
It can be difficult to find the words to show someone who has been the victim of a crime your support. Here are some ways that you may express your concern to a victim of a crime:
- I’m so sorry that this happened to you.
- What can I do to help?
- What can I do to help you feel safe?
- I can’t imagine what you may be going through right now.
- This was not your fault.
- What you’re feeling right now is normal