Unfortunately, sexual violence can come in many forms. The exact definition of “rape,” “sexual assault,” “sexual abuse” and similar terms differs by state. The wording can get confusing, since states often use different words to mean the same thing or use the same words to describe different things. The Indiana Criminal Code defines "rape" as a person person who knowingly or intentionally has sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex when: (1) the other person is compelled by force or imminent threat of force; (2) the other person is unaware that the sexual intercourse is occurring; or (3) the other person is so mentally disabled or deficient that consent to sexual intercourse cannot be given.
People under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs are absolutely incapable of giving sexual consent. Even if the person says "yes", it is still rape if sexual activity continues while that person is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Always communicate consent!
Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape). About 3% of American men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. Sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes, with 60% of rapes/sexual assaults not being reported to the police.
You can always seek medical attention. No matter when your assault occurred or whether or not you wish to make a report, it is most important that you take care of yourself. There may be injuries as a result of sexual assault that you cannot see.
You are not alone. There are many people and services available who want to help you on and off campus. Consider talking with a victim advocate about your options. You can contact the campus victim advocate at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-285-7844.
For more information:
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault
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