Admissions & Aid
Sexual assault is a crime punishable by imprisonment in New York State. Sexual assault does not happen because of uncontrolled lust or sexual passion. Sexual assault is a crime of aggression and violence. There is never an excuse or a reason for one person to rape, assault, or even touch another person without permission. No one has this “right” no matter how someone else behaves or dresses. No woman causes herself to be raped.
Sexual assault spans a range of acts, from obscene phone calls to forced sexual intercourse. It includes:
Rape is defined as sexual intercourse, sodomy, or oral copulation accomplished against a person’s will:
Most people think of rape as a sudden attack perpetrated by a vicious stranger on a dark, deserted street. This is one form of rape. In fact, however, as much as 80% of all rapes are perpetrated by dates, colleagues, or other acquaintances. This is called date or acquaintance rape. Research shows that women in college are in much greater danger of date rape than assault by a stranger.
Preventing date rape is very different from preventing stranger rape.
There are a variety of ways you can prevent date rape. The most important is to talk clearly about sexual expectations with your date. Make it clear before you get into a sexual situation what your limits are. If you mean no, say it clearly and firmly.
You should also take the following measures:
Everyone is susceptible to random acts of violence, but there are steps you can take to minimize the risk, such as: