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Sexual Assault

Sexual assault can include many other definitions, but as a whole, can be defined as unwanted sexual contact that stops short of rape or attempted rape. This includes sexual touching and fondling. 

Forms of sexual assault can include the following:

  • Sexual Contact: Any unwanted touching to the intimate parts underneath the clothes of someone who is eighteen years of age (if under the age of eighteen, click here), or intentionally causing this person to touch one’s intimate parts.
  • Sexual Coercion: Forcing someone to engage in something they do not want to do.
  • Attempted Rape: An attempt to complete criminal sexual penetration the victim.
  • Rape or Criminal Sexual Penetration: “The unlawful and intentional causing of a person to engage in sexual intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio, or anal intercourse, or the causing of penetration to any extent and with any object, of the genital or anal openings of another, whether or not there is any emission. (NM Statute 20-9-11)
73% of victims know their perpetrator

73% of victims know their perpetrator

Who are the perpetrators?

  • Approximately 2/3 of rapes were committed by someone known to the victim.
    • 38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance.
    • 28% are an intimate partner.
    • 7% are a relative.
  • More than 50% of all rape/sexual assault incidents were reported by victims to have occurred within 1 mile of their home or at their home.
  • The average age of a rapist is 31 years old.
  • 52% are white.
  • In 1 in 3 sexual assaults, the perpetrator was intoxicated by alcohol (30%) or drugs (4%).
  • 84% of reported rapes were with the use of physical force only.

Source: RAINN

Who are the victims?

  • Victims can be ALL ages.
  • 1 out of every 6 women and 1 out of every 10 men, have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape.
  • 17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.
  • 2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rape.
  • In college, 100% chance of meeting somebody who has been a victim of sexual violence while in college.

Source: La Piñon

Warning Signs

The 5 I’s

  • Invasion: Perpetrators often invade personal space visually, verbally and physically.
  • Ignoring: Perpetrators of sexual assault often ignore verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • Isolation: Perpetrators are often creative and subtle in their attempts to get someone alone.
  • Intoxication: Perpetrators often use alcohol or drugs to make someone vulnerable or as an excuse for their own behavior.
  • Instincts: It is not uncommon for people to dismiss or forget about listening to their instincts when they know or trust the person they are with.

Date Rape Drugs

  • Alcohol is the # 1 drug most used to facilitate sexual assault.
  • Most common date rape drugs do not have scent and can go unnoticed when mixed with a beverage.
  • Ketamine horse tranquilizer; causes aggressive behavior.
  • GHB recipe easily accessible; can cause coma or death.
  • Visit our Other Drugs page for more information!
College women have a 1 in 4 chance of becoming a victim of sexual assault.

College women have a 1 in 4 chance of becoming a victim of sexual assault.

Respect is Sexy

  • Remember, get consent. If you experience mixed signals, do not read this as a “yes”.
  • Always interrupt anyone who you see verbally or physically violating another’s space.
  • Don’t join in if friends encourage you in paying unwanted sexual attention to another person-man or woman.
  • Don’t stare at, whistle at, talk to, or look over a person in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Women have the right to change and set limits on sexual behavior just as men do.
  • Never think you owe someone sex under any circumstances; sexual intercourse is not a payback for anything!
  • Be aware of how you or your friends treat others.
  • Never voice, believe or support the idea that the other person “wanted” or “asked for it”.

If you are assaulted, remember, it is NOT your Fault!

In the event of a sexual assault:

  1. Get to a safe place.
  2. Call someone you trust (La Piñon has victim advocates in case you need someone).
  3. Avoid washing body, combing hair, changing clothes, or changing anything at the scene of the assault.
  4. Go to an emergency room or call La Piñon for the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examination) unit.
  5. Call the police if you want to file a report.

Resources:

  • La Piñon Sexual Assault and Recovery Services
  • Click here for a list of registered sex offenders in the state of New Mexico.
  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network)
  • NSVRC (National Sexual Violence Resource Center)
  • NMSU Police: (575) 646-3311
  • NMSU Police- Victim Services: (575) 646-3424
  • LCPD Non-Emergency: (575) 526-0795

On-Campus Counseling

Check with the Counseling Center at 646-2731 for individual counseling or sexual assault survivor group meeting times.