Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention

Any sexual contact without CONSENT (may include touching of intimate body areas, intercourse, oral sex, and/or penetration).

It is…

  • A violation of a person’s physical and emotional well being.
  • A crime prosecutable under Colorado law.
  • An act of power and control.
  • Sexual assault is NOT an expression of love, passion, or sexual desire.
  • Sexual assault is NOT your fault.

What does it mean to give consent?

  • Consent is a sober decision – if you are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol to the extent you cannot make a decision, then legally, you cannot give consent. A person must have knowledge of the situation, and awareness of what is happening.
  • Consent is not coerced or forced; it’s given freely.
  • Submission because of fear is NOT consent.
  • Having previous sexual relationship does not mean consent.

Assessments

Relationship Checklist

Are you dating someone who:

  • Is jealous, possessive, won’t let you have friends, checks up on you, or won’t accept breaking up
  • Tries to control you by being bossy, giving orders, making all the decisions, or not taking your opinion seriously?
  • Puts you down in front of friends or tells you that you would be nothing without him or her?
  • Scares you? Makes you worry about reactions to things you say or do? Threatens you? Uses or owns weapons?
  • Is violent? Has a history of fighting, loses his or her temper quickly, brags about mistreating others? Grabs, pushes, shoves, or hits you?
  • Pressures you for sex or is forceful or scary about sex? Gets too serious about the relationship too fast?
  • Abuses alcohol or other drugs and/or pressures you to use them?
  • Has a history of failed relationships and always blames the other person for all of the problems?
  • Believes that he or she should be in control of the relationship?
  • Makes your family and friends uneasy and concerned for your safety?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could be a victim of dating abuse. People of any gender can be victims of dating violence, as can partners in GLBT relationships (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender).
(From The National Crime Prevention Council)

Local Policies

On Campus:

The CSU Student Code of Conduct prohibits sexual misconduct, including “non-consensual sexual contact or penetration; engaging in coercion or constraint; or engaging in sexual activity with a person who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to give consent.” Any student who violates the Code of Conduct will be subject to disciplinary sanctions.

Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services also outlines services that can be provided to student victims of crime.

Title IX Sexual Assault, Sexual Violence and Sexual Harrassment

State and Federal Policy:

The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) maintains a current list of both state and federal policies.

Stalking

If you have experienced sexual violence or stalking…

  1. Know that you are not alone, and it is never your fault. Sexual violence can happen to anyone.
  2. Consider contacting one of the confidential resources on campus, no matter how long ago it happened. Victim advocates are available through the Victim Assistance Team (for sexual violence survivors) and the Women and Gender Advocacy Center (for survivors of sexual violence, relationship violence or stalking). WGAC staff can assist with academics, counseling, and/or reporting to authorities.
  3. Consider talking with a safe supportive person you feel you can trust. If you are the primary support person for a victim, remember that all of the resources at the WGAC are available to support you too. Don’t hesitate to contact them.

Both CSU and the Fort Collins community provide assistance to victims.

Fact or Fiction?

Most sexual assault victims know the perpetrator of the crime.

FACT. Over 90 percent of rapes are committed by a person that the victim knows (Fisher, Francis & Cullen, 2000). At CSU, 95 percent of reported rapes are committed by a person that the victim knows.

Most men would not commit sexual assault even if they knew they could get away with it.

FACT. One in ten men are responsible for 90 percent of sexual assault; two in ten men will commit sexual assault if they believe they will not get caught; and seven in ten men would never commit sexual assault even if the victim was passed out naked on a bed and no one would ever know.

The way a person dresses suggests their desire for sex.

FICTION. Is there a difference between wanting to feel sexy and wanting sex? Wanting attention and wanting sex are two different things. How many students mentioned the way men dress? The concept of being sexy but not too sexy has come to be known as the double bind. Women need to look hot (as defined by the media), but not too hot. How would a man dress if he “wanted” sex?

Most rapes could have been prevented by the victim if she/he would have been more aware of her/his surroundings.

FICTION. The only person who can prevent rape is the perpetrator. A person can take precautions to reduce her/his risk of being assaulted, but cannot prevent it. Rape is most often committed by someone the victim knows and trusts, not a stranger in a dark alley. Rape is the one crime for which our society tends to blame the victim.

People lie about sexual assault just to get back at someone.

FICTION. Less than 2 percent of reported sexual assaults are false reports – similar to the rate for other crimes (FBI Statistic 1995 and Bureau of Justice Statistic 2000). Actually, the majority of people never report being sexually assaulted. Most people never talk about it; some will talk to friends, family or a counselor, but not to the police.

The primary motive for sexual assault is sexual gratification.

FICTION. The primary motive for sexual assault is not sexual gratification, rather to exert power and control over the victim in a sexual manner. The assault is often meant to scare, humiliate, degrade or otherwise express power and control over a victim.

Roofies and GHB are the most common date rape drugs.

FICTION. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol is the most common date rape drug. Be wary of those who are a little too eager and feed you (or your friends) drinks – most perpetrators are aware that alcohol will lower the victim’s inhibition and use it deliberately. Keep an eye on each other at parties, and make a plan to stick together (and go home together) before you go out. If you are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and are not coherent enough to make decisions, then you cannot legally give consent.

Victim Assistance and Campus Support

Victim Assistance Team
Phone: (970) 492-4242 *ask to speak to an advocate
Trained Advocates are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide confidential emotional support and information to survivors of sexual assault. Advocates are volunteers (students, staff, and faculty) who complete an extensive training program. They understand the complexity of the aftermath of sexual assault and can assist students in making decisions and obtaining resources. They are educated about legal, university, and medical systems, and about the psychological ramifications of sexual assault. Advocates can help you navigate decisions about reporting to police or university authorities. Ultimately, the decision is yours unless there is an identifiable threat to another person or someone under 18 has been abused.

Women and Gender Advocacy Center
Phone: (970) 491-6384 Available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Ask to speak to an advocate
Advocates at WGAC are available to provide ongoing advocacy for survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, child sexual abuse and stalking. They are able to assist with academic concerns, reporting to authorities, obtaining medical care and obtaining emotional support. They can process important decisions such as whether to tell friends, intimate partners or family members. They can also accompany survivors to resources on and off campus. In addition, WGAC offers a support group for survivors who identify as women.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) – Medical Center of the Rockies
Phone: (970) 624-2500
In addition, if the student decides to report the sexual assault, police may authorize a medical forensic examination, which must be performed within 5 days at Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR), which is the headquarters of the local SANE program. The program at MCR is staffed by registered nurses who have advanced education and training in medical-forensic examination and in psychological and emotional trauma. Because the evidence collection process is a critical step toward criminal prosecution, it is important that these highly-trained medical professionals conduct the exam. They are recognized as experts and can provide testimony in a court of law.

CSU Police Department (CSUPD)
Phone: To report a crime in progress, call 911; For non-emergencies, call (970) 491-6425
CSUPD officers are highly trained in responding to reports of sexual assault and sexual violence. Officers provide a safe, discreet escort to the Medical Center of the Rockies for a SANE exam. When possible, the officer is in plain clothing and accompanied by a victims advocate and the transport is in an unmarked vehicle. CSUPD works closely with victims advocates and other sexual assault experts, investigates and holds perpetrators accountable, potentially prevents additional assaults, and provides general information about trends and issues to the University community for educational purposes.

Medical Concerns – CSU Health Network Medical Services
Medical Clinic (970) 491-7121, Women’s Clinic (970) 491- 1754
Taking care of medical concerns is an important part of the recovery process for survivors. Medical options to consider include: medical evaluation and treatment, emergency contraception, and medications to lower the risk of contraction and/or treatment of STDs.

Emotional Healing – CSU Health Network Counseling Services
Phone: (970) 491-6053 After Hours: (970) 491- 7111
The CSU Health Network offers a number of programs including individual therapy and 24-hour emergency services. These services are free of charge for students. During office hours, the student may call or stop by Hartshorn Health Services to speak with on-call counselors.

Local Resources

Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center (SAVA)
331 South Meldrum, Fort Collins CO 80521
24-Hour Hotline (970) 472-4200; Office (970) 472-4204
SAVA provides community advocates and counseling to survivors of sexual assault.

Poudre Valley Hospital Emergency Room
1024 S. LeMay Ave, Fort Collins CO
(970) 495-7000

Medical Center of the Rockies Emergency Room
2500 Rocky Mountain Ave, Loveland, CO
(970) 624-2500

Crossroads Safehouse
Outreach Center: 528 South College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524
24/7 Helpline: 970-482-3502
1-888-541-SAFE (7233) Toll-free
Crossroads offers free safehousing, advocacy, legal assistance, transitional housing, and education.

Websites

Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Center (SAVA) serves the Northern Colorado region, and has a rape crisis center located in Fort Collins. SAVA provides a 24-Hour Rape Crisis Hotline, therapy options for individuals affected by sexual violence, victim advocacy, and works with communities on education and prevention of sexual assault.

Read The Dater’s Bill of Rights from the National Crime Prevention Council.

Men Against Violence is a national student organization that aims to reduce the frequency and severity of violent acts among students, faculty, and staff at colleges and universities across the country.

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1(800)656-HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at rainn.org, and publicizes the hotline’s free, confidential services; educates the public about sexual assault; and leads national efforts to prevent sexual assault, improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

Dept. of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women (VAW) is a part of the U.S. Department of Justice and provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (VAW) offers thousands of resources on domestic violence, sexual violence, funding, research, and international issues. You’ll also find news, announcements, and events related to the work of the movement and related fields of practice.

Incite! Women of Color Against Violence is a national activist organization that works with groups of women of color and their communities to develop political projects that address the multiple forms of violence women of color experience.

Stalking Resource Center is a partnership between the National Center for Victims of Crime and the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. They provide a wealth of information and training and technical assistance to the general public; criminal and civil justice system practitioners; community based agencies; and media representatives.

California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) is a nationally-recognized statewide organization that promotes public policy, advocacy, training and technical assistance on the issue of sexual assault.