What is considered sexual assault?
What is sexual misconduct?
According to the Plymouth States University Student Handbook sexual misconduct is not permitted. Sexual Misconduct is defined as non-consensual sexual intercourse or non-consensual sexual contact or attempt at either.
Consent happens when:
1. Both partners are fully conscious and aware.
2. Both partners are equally free to act.
3. Both partners clearly communicate their willingness and permission.
4. Both partners are positive and sincere in their desires.
Who might be involved in a sexual assault?
The majority of sexual assaults that occur on college campuses happen between individuals who know each other. Date Rape and Acquaintance Rape are the most common.
Where does sexual assault happen?
Sexual assault might happen at a party. It could happen in your residence hall. It could happen in a car. Sexual assault is not limited by location.
How does it happen?
Sexual assault can happen even if there is no weapon used, if there is alcohol or drug use involved, if there is no physical harm or if there were prior consensual sexual acts between the individuals involved.
Where to go and What to Do?
Medical: It is important to get medical care at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth or from a family doctor as soon as possible even if you think you’re not injured because you might be. They will treat you for potential STI’s and collect evidence from you so that you have the option to pursue an investigation if you decide to do so. Remember if at all possible do not shower, brush your teeth or change you clothes until you go to the hospital . Visits are confidential and involve the collection of evidence with your permission. It does not mean that you have to legally report the crime, it just gives you the option to do so if you decide you want to down the road.
Police: If you would like to legally report the crime, contact the University Police Department as soon as possible. There is currently a Special Investigator trained to help guide you through the legal process. It is helpful to write down what you remember (if you can) immediately after including people who might have been there or seen you.
Please call an advocate to discuss your options and remember it is not your fault!
To reach an advocate from Voices Agaisnt Violence contact the S.A.G.E. Center at 603-535-2387 (on-campus) OR contact Voices Agaisnt Violence at 603-536-3423 (off-campus).
If this is after hours contact the 24 hr. Crisis Line at 603) 536-1659.