​Help Stop Sexual Assault


Know the facts about Sexual Assault:
There are many types of sexual violence and ways for individual to be victimized.  If you experience or are aware of any of the following violent acts there is additional information to help assist victims and observers to seek immediate assistance.

Sexual Violence Often the term is used interchangeably with rape depending on the laws.

Rape About 8 out of 10 rapes, physical force is the only weapon used.  Anyone may be a victim of rape.  This includes women, men, and children.  The victim may be straight or gay.

Acquaintance Rape Sexual assault by an acquaintance involves coercive sexual activities by someone that the victim knows.  It occurs against a person’s will by means of force, duress, violence or fear of bodily injury.

Child Sexual Abuse Often child sexual abuse occurs by an acquaintance or relative through incest.

Dating and Domestic Violence The issue of power and control are often at the center of dating and family violence.  It occurs in all socio-economic, education, racial, and age groups.

Drug Related Sexual Violence Drugs and alcohol are often used to compromise the individual’s ability to consent or prevent the sexual act from occurring.

Hate Crimes Victims of hate crimes typically are based on a dislike of another person’s race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.

Incest This is a crime that occurs between closely related individuals such as parents and children, uncles/aunts and nieces/nephews, etc.

Male Sexual Violence Males are also victims of the crimes of sexual violence, sexual abuses, and rape.

Partner Rape or Domestic Violence Sexual acts committed without a person’s consent and/or against a person’s will.  The perpetrator is the individuals current partner whether married or not, previous partner, or co-perpetrator.

Sexual Exploitation by Helping Professions This act involves sexual contact without consent by a person of trust such as a doctor, therapist, teacher, priest, etc.

Sexual Harassment Unwelcome sexual advances by verbal or physical conduct that affects a victim’s work or school experiences.
Stalking The act of a person following a victim for the purpose of a physical or sexual assault.

What to Do If Sexually Assaulted

  • Get to a safe place.  Contact local police or campus security immediately to report the assault.  Call a friend or family member for support.  Any Pratt Community college employee is willing and able to assist in reporting assaults to the proper authorities.
  • Get medical attention immediately.  The primary purpose of a medical examination is to check for physical injury, the presence of sexually transmitted diseases, or pregnancy as a result of the assault.  The secondary purpose of a medical examination is to aid in the police investigation and legal process.
  • Don’t bathe or douche.  Bathing or douching might be the first thing you want to do.  Don’t as you might be washing away valuable evidence.  Wait until you have had a medical examination.
  • Save your clothing.  It is all right to change clothes, but save what you were wearing.  Place each item of clothing in a separate bag and save for law enforcement.  Your clothing could be valuable evidence.


Be an Active Bystander if You See That Someone is Being Sexually Abused

  • Help the victim by encouraging them to get help and let them know you will help them.
  • Safely intervene to point out unacceptable behavior.
  • Ask a Pratt Community College official for help.  You can make a positive difference in someone’s life.
  • Encourage the victim to contact support organizations for assistance and guidance.
  • Encourage the victim to go to the police or campus security for safety and help.