Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Published on Apr 15, 2014

April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States and Columbia is doing its part to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate students on how to prevent it. 

What you need to know about Sexual Violence…

A sexual assault is an unwanted sexual act in which the victim is threatened, coerced, or forced to participate against his/her will.

General Statistics

    • Every two minutes someone is sexually assaulted.
    • Every year there are over 237,000 sexual assault victims.

Reporting

    • 60 percent of sexual assaults are reported to the police.
    • 97 percent of rapists will never spend a day in jail.

Offenders

    • Approximately 2 out of 3 sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim.
    • 38 percent of rapists are a friend or acquaintance.

Victims

    • 44 percent of sexual assault victims are under the age of 18.
    • 80 percent of sexual assault victims are under the age of 30. 

If any of the before-mentioned facts bother you (and they should!), you can attend an event on-campus this month to educate yourself and learn how to better support survivors of sexual assault.

Rock Against Rape

Thursday, April 17, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
731 S. Plymouth Court, 1st Floor, The Court 

Swing by for some awesome free food and a chance to hear some of Columbia’s best performers. You don’t want to miss this!

LGBTQ Survivors: Myths, Facts, and How to Help

Friday, April 18, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
618 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Multipurpose Room
 

Learn how our ideas of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, and class impact our perceptions of sexual assault. It will also explore the concept of "rape culture," and how it negatively impacts a survivor's decision to come forward.

Standing Silent Witness

Friday, April 26, Noon - 2:00 pm
50 W Washington St., Daley Plaza

Standing silently for one hour, volunteers wear teal T-shirts bearing the stories of sexual assault survivors in order to “break the silence” about sexual violence. For more information, contact Michelle Sayset.

College Assembly: Columbia College Chicago Sexual Assault Resource Panel

Wednesday, April 30, Noon - 1:00 pm

Attend a panel discussion on the College’s sexual assault resources with Columbia’s Title IX Officer and representatives from Student Relations, Counseling Services, Residence Life, and Campus Safety & Security. 

Even if you can’t attend an event in support of SAAM, you can educate yourself about the resources available to survivors of sexual violence.

Under Illinois law, you are entitled to free medical help that includes… 

  1. A medical exam and rape kit (if requested). Evidence must be requested up to 10 – 14 days after the assault.
  2. Medications to assist in preventing infections and STDs. They must be taken within 72 hours!
  3. Plan B contraception and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis to prevent HIV and AIDS. Both must be taken within 72 hours!