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Sexual Violence Prevention

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  • Why Is There an Increased Focus on Sexual Victimization


    Sexual Assault and/or Battery: Any attempted or actual act of nonconsensual sexual intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio, anal intercourse, or any intrusion, however slight, of any part of a person’s body or of any other object into the oral, genital or anal openings of another person’s body.

    Women and girls are the vast majority of victims: nearly one in five women – or nearly 22 million – have been raped in their lifetimes.
    Men and boys, however, are also at risk: 1 in 71 men – or almost 1.6 million – have been raped during their lives.
    Most victims know their assailants.
    The vast majority (nearly 98 percent) of perpetrators are male.
    Repeat victimization is common: over a third of women who were raped as minors were also raped as adults.
    Young people are especially at risk: nearly half of female survivors were raped before they were 18, and over one-quarter of male survivors were raped before they were 10. 
    College students are particularly vulnerable.
    National rates of sexual victimization are three times higher for females in college compared to females of similar ages in the general population.

    -Increased alcohol use
    -Decreased “institutional structure”
    -Peer influences
    -Dating patterns

    The information above is from the January 2014 Report from The White House Council on Women and Girls, “Rape and Sexual Assault:  A Renewed Call to Action.”  To read the entire report, visit

  • Sexual Assault Research at Clemson University

    720 first-year female Clemson University students participated in a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and conducted by faculty in Public Health Sciences and Redfern Health Center. The study used behavioral-specific questions from the Sexual Experiences Survey to assess for sexual victimization. It assesses for completed rape, attempted rape, sexual coercion (intercourse subsequent to verbal pressure or misuse of authority) and unwanted sexual contact.
    When compared to national data, Clemson University data are consistent with national level data. This indicates that sexual victimization on our campus is no more or no less of a problem than other college campuses.
    Findings of the study:

    -Approximately 20 percent of first-year women at Clemson University experience some type of sexual victimization:

    15 percent experienced unwanted sexual contact
    5 percent experienced sexual coercion
    5 percent experienced attempted rape
    3 percent experienced completed rape

    -Alcohol was involved two out of three times: 56 percent of women and 60 percent of men had used alcohol just prior to the incident.
    -Most women knew the offender: 37 percent were acquaintances, 32 percent were partners or romantic acquaintances, 23 percent were casual or first date and 8 percent were strangers.
    -Victims were more likely to report increased levels of depressive and post-traumatic stress symptoms compared to non-victims, so it is very important they seek help.

    For more information about the study, contact the principal investigator, Dr. Martie Thompson. Dr. Thompson is a research professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and the director of the Center for Research and Collaborative Activities in the College of Health, Education and Human Development. She may be reached at:

  • The Federal Campus Sexual Assault Victims Bill of Rights

    -Survivors shall be notified of their options to notify law enforcement.

    -Accuser and accused must have the same opportunity to have others present.

    -Both parties shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding.

    -Survivors shall be notified of counseling services.

    -Survivors shall be notified of options for changing academic and living situations.

    To learn more, visit

  • Bystander Intervention

    What does it mean to be an active bystander?

    -Notice the event
    -Identify it as an emergency
    -Take responsibility
    -Decide how to help
    -Act to intervene

    Check in with a friend who looks drunk and is planning to hook up with someone.
    Say something to a friend who is taking an intoxicated person back to their room.
    Decide not to have sex with a partner if they are drunk.
    Let your friends know that you don’t approve of them getting someone drunk for sex- don’t be a loser!
    Alcohol is the number one date rape drug. It’s always important to open your own container and avoid accepting an open container of alcohol.

  • Consent

    Consent is

    Voluntary (freely given),

    Only Active (not passive),



    Engaged Permission. 


    -requires speech or conduct indicating a freely given, un-coerced agreement to engage in sexual contact; 

    -may not be inferred from silence or passivity alone, and a current or previous relationship is not sufficient to constitute consent; 

    -cannot be legally given if one or both parties are intoxicated;

    -may be withdrawn at any time prior to a specific sexual act by either person.

  • What to Do if Someone Is Assaulted

    Know the resources:

    -Clemson University Police Department (CUPD): 864-656-2222
    -Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS):  CAPS is located in Redfern Health Center.  An after-hours CAPS counselor is available and can be reached by calling the Clemson University Police Department at 864-656-2222 and asking for the CAPS counselor on call.   
    -Title IX Office:

    Jerry Knighton
    Clemson University Title IX Coordinator
    Director, Office of Access & Equity

    -CARE NetworkFile a CARE report

    Always advise someone who has been assaulted to get counseling and medical care if they have been sexually victimized; CAPS is a great resource. When you are talking with a person who has been assaulted, give that person options and power. It is very important to remember to not control the situation or try to make that person do something they do not want to do. 

    Additional Resources on Sexual Assault

  • Confidential Resources

    In cases of sexual violence or other types of sexual misconduct, medical and psychological records at Redfern Health Center or off-campus rape crisis centers are kept strictly confidential unless the victim gives permission to disclose or under a few exceptions as required by law. These exceptions include threat of harm to self or others, suspected child abuse, suspected abuse of elderly or disabled, or court ordered release of records.

  • CARE Network

    While students on Clemson’s campus deal with many challenging situations every day, the CARE Network is designed to track those incidents that are deemed “critical” and/or which may indicate unusual or harmful student behavior or trends. This includes but is not limited to

    -any arrest;

    -any judicial incident;

    -the death of a family member, friend, fellow student or other individual in the student’s life;

    -any unusual, threatening or otherwise troubling behavior by the student directed towards themselves or others;

    -any wellness issue that is of immediate or serious nature including emergency hospitalizations, life-threatening illnesses, alleged assaults, acute injuries, etc.;

    -any critical incident or unusual behavior reported by a member of the University community that may be helpful for tracking and follow up (i.e. excessive absence in classes, excessive sleeping or changing habits, etc.);

    -any unusual, harmful or critical situation that happens to a Clemson University student and is not listed above.


    Filing a CARE Report 

    A Clemson student, faculty, staff or parent can submit a CARE report. You will be asked to provide detailed information regarding the concern you are reporting. Once the form is received, a University professional in the CARE Network will review the information and take appropriate action, which may or may not include contacting the student, you and any witnesses you have identified. You are not required to provide your name when you make a report; however, if you are comfortable providing your name, this information can help CARE Network staff follow up with you about the concern. 


    For more information, visit the CARE Network.

  • Stalking

    The word “stalking” probably brings a certain image to your mind. However, stalking can happen in many different ways and may be more common than you think. 

    -The “National College Women Sexual Victimization Study” found that over 13 percent of college women had been stalked in the academic year prior to the study.
    -Though stalking behavior is often prolonged and ongoing, the majority of stalking incidents (over 83 percent) were not reported to police or campus law enforcement.
    -Three in ten college women reported being injured emotionally or psychologically from being stalked.

    The information above is from the “Model Campus Stalking Policy,” published by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Stalking Resource Center, a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime.  To read the entire document, visit



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