What You Should Know About Sexual Assault
Acquaintance (Date) Rape is described as forced, unwanted intercourse with a person you know. It is considered an act of violence and is a violation of a person's body and trust.
The Saint Louis University Sexual Assault Policy defines sexual assault as engaging in any form of sexual contact or conduct with another without that person's clear, knowing, and voluntary consent. It is the responsibility of the person seeking to initiate sexual contact or conduct to affirmatively obtain such consent. It is not the responsibility of the intended recipient of such sexual contact to affirmatively deny such consent.
Sexual Assault Includes:
- Intentional touching, either of the victim or when the victim is forced to touch, directly or through clothing, another person’s genitals, breasts, thighs or buttocks
- Rape (sexual intercourse without consent whether by an acquaintance or a stranger)
- Attempted rape
- Sodomy (oral or anal intercourse) without consent
- Sexual penetration with an object without consent.
Reporting Sexual Assault
Within the University reporting a sexual assault to a licensed mental health counselor in Student Health and Counseling is the only reporting option that affords complete confidentiality. Speaking confidentially with a counselor in Student Health and Counseling may also be helpful in deciding how to proceed because a counselor will provide information regarding additional reporting options. The support services of Saint Louis University and the St. Louis community are available to you whether or not you pursue formal charges. If you decide to file a complaint against the assailant, you have the option of pursuing action through:
- St. Louis Police Department
- The University Conduct system (or both)
- The Department of Public Safety can assist you if you choose to prosecute through the St. Louis Police Department.
The University Conduct officer, the Director of the Office of Diversity Affirmative Action/Title IX Coordinator, and/or the Department of Public Safety and Security Services can assist you in filing a complaint.
- Conduct Office (314) 977-7280
- Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action/Title IX Coordinator (314) 977-3838
- Department of Public Safety and Security Services (314) 977-3000
What to do if you are raped or assaulted
- Get to a safe place.
- Get Help. Tell someone you trust that can help.
- Do not shower, bathe, douche, or destroy any of the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault. Do not disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred. It is important to preserve all physical evidence.
- Get medical care. Even if you do not think you have any physical injuries, you should still be examined.
- Report it. If you feel comfortable, report it to one of the University Resources listed below.
What to do if someone you know is sexually assaulted
- Remain calm and believe the person
- Listen to what he or she has to say
- Provide support
- Do not judge the person
- Encourage them to get help
- Student Health and Counseling Services 977-2323(24 hours line)
- Campus Ministry 977-2425
- Department of Public Safety 977-3000
- Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action 977-3838
- Office of Student Conduct 977-7280
- Office of Housing and Residence Life 977-2811
St. Louis Community Resources
- St. Mary's Hospital (314) 768-8000
- St. Louis Regional Sexual Assault Center (314) 726-6665
- Rape Hotline (314) 531-7273
- Safe Connections (314) 531-2003
- LAAW - Legal Advocates for Abused Women (314)535-5229
- Life Crisis (24 hour Hotline) (314) 647-4357
- ALIVE (Alternative to Living in Violent Environments)(314) 993-2777
- Crime Victim Advocacy Center of St. Louis (314) 652-3623
- United Way Information and Referral Service (314) 421-4336
- Victim Service Council, St. Louis County (314) 615-4872
- Women's Safe House (314) 772-4535
- UMSL Center for Trauma Recovery (314) 516-5391