Contrary to popular belief, rape is not a crime of sex. Rape is a crime of violence. Although a devastating experience, it is survivable. Rape affects all people, no matter their age, race or economic status. It is one of the most rapidly growing crimes in American society. FBI projections suggest that one out of three women may be the victim of a sexual assault in her lifetime. In the United States, one forcible rape occurs every seven minutes. Each year, about 90,000 forcible rapes are reported to the police. Moreover, it is estimated that almost 90% of all rapes and attempted rapes are not reported.
Because each situation is different, there is no one sure way to prevent a rape. However, you can take steps to lessen the chance of an assault:
It is not unusual to experience feelings of helplessness, frustration, guilt, self-blame or anger after an assault. It is often helpful to talk with someone who is aware of all the issues involved and can help you deal with the experience. The Counseling Center offers professional counseling services for victims of sexual assault, and can also refer you to a trained peer counselor for your continued support. This service is confidential. Seeking assistance through the Counseling Center will not initiate any other action without your consent. If you use the services of the Counseling Center, you will be encouraged but not required to seek immediate medical attention and report the assault to the University Police. Information on procedures at area hospitals may be provided, and you may be accompanied to the hospital or police if you choose. You will also be informed of University policy and judicial procedures and legal procedures available to you. The Counseling Center can also help with any changes or modifications of your schedule that may be necessary.
Additional Counseling Resources
Center for Hope and Healing
Additional counseling help is available through the Center for Hope and Healing in Lowell. Trained volunteer counselors are available 24 hours a day. They will also accompany you to a hospital or police facility if you choose.