Sexual assault

Sexual assault includes non-consensual vaginal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger; anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger; and oral copulation (mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact), no matter how slight the penetration or contact.

  • Someone had sex with you while you were incapacitated from alcohol or drugs. You may have been asleep, passed out, too drunk to know what was happening, or too drunk to stop it.
  • You agreed through words or actions to do one thing, but were forced to do more.
  • You were kissing someone, and the physical intimacy escalated. You said no, but the other person continued. You did not consent and did not willingly participate. The other person had sex with you anyway.
  • Your partner forced you to have sex when you did not want it.
  • Get support. You don't have to cope alone. Call someone you trust, or reach out to a confidential resource.
  • Get medical help. Even if you feel fine, seek medical help if you think you may be at risk for injury, pregnancy or infection.
  • Report the incident to the Title IX coordinator. This helps the university respond appropriately to your case and to the broader issues in our community. There is no time limit for reporting an incident to the university. When you decide, you can report to the university, to law enforcement, to both or neither.
  • Preserve evidence. Police and forensic nurse examiners are in the best position to secure evidence of a crime. All physical evidence should be collected immediately, ideally within the first 24 hours. You can preserve evidence in the following ways: do not wash your face and hands, brush teeth or bathe; do not eat or drink; do not douche; and if you change clothes, keep them in a paper bag.