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Tools for Victims & Survivors

Sexual assault is an umbrella term that encompasses a variety of unwanted or forced sexual situations; including, being touched on intimate body parts, penetration of the genitalia, or being exposed to others’ genitals. The majority of assaults experienced by college aged women and men are committed by people who are acquaintances, friends, ex or current dating partners of victims.

*For this reason, the materials in this section will be geared toward victims and survivors of familiar sexual assault as compared to stranger assaults.

Victims and survivors of sexual assault have a variety of reactions, ranging in duration and intensity. Although the symptoms may be similar, the experience can be quite unique from one survivor to another. Reactions can also be impacted by the social support network, prior emotional and physical health, current stressors, and experience coping with trauma.

Even though the post-assault experience can vary, we have found from surveys done during Welcome Week that there are some similarities in the attitudes and beliefs of people who have been victims. To help empower former victims and current survivors, we have provided the following tools that can be used as a guide through the healing process and beyond. To find out if you could benefit from these materials, consider asking yourself the questions below.

Do you have a hard time stating your sexual limits and sticking to them?
Yes or No

Do you tend to do things you don’t want to do in relationships?
Yes or No

Do your partners ignore the limits you set in sexual situations?
Yes or No

If you said yes to one or more of these questions, we may be able to help.

Challenges communicating with hookup and dating partners can potentially be overcome by:

  1. Recognizing that you have the right to express yourself and have your feelings and beliefs respected.
  2. Communicating your thoughts in an assertive manner.

For more information on #1, check out the following:

For more information on #2, check out the following:

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