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Sexual Violence Frequently Asked Questions

What is sexual violence?

"Sexual violence" refers to a spectrum of unwanted contact - including harassment, stalking, sexual assault, and rape. 


Read more about definitions. 

How common is sexual violence in college?
  • 1 in 5 women and 15% of men are victims of forced sex during their time in college.

  • 9 out of 10 victims know the person who sexually victimized them.

  • Approximately 75% of campus sexual assaults involve the consumption of alcohol by the victim and/or the perpetrator.

  • The first two years of college are the highest risk years, and the first few months of the school year are the highest risk time of the year... largely due to alcohol use.

  • Alcohol-involved sexual assaults often occur between college students who know each other only casually 

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How does sexual violence impact those who experience it?

Each survivor reacts to sexual violence in her/his own unique way. Culture and context of the survivor’s life may affect these reactions. Some express their emotions while others prefer to keep their feelings inside. Some may tell others right away what happened, others will wait weeks, months, or even years before discussing the assault, if they ever choose to do so. It is important to respect each person’s choices and style of coping with this traumatic event. Whether an assault was completed or attempted, and regardless of whether it happened recently or many years ago, it may impact physical, social, academic, interpersonal functioning and well being. A wide range of reactions can impact survivors and seeking emotional support or counseling may be beneficial. (National Sexual Violence Resource Center) 


How common is intimate partner violence (IPV) and stalking?
  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner. 
  • About 60% of females and 43% of men have reported being stalked by a current or former intimate partner.
  • To learn more about IPV and stalking click here 


How can I learn more?

Participate in an event, workshop or training - you can even request a presentation for your club/organization/team/class!

CPO offers a variety of workshops topics aimed at raising awareness and preventing sexual assault, rape and other forms of sexual violence. Follow this link to learn more, register for a workshop, or request a presentation!

Where can I get help for myself or a friend?

See the Get Help page. 


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