Sexual Assault and Rape

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is any form of sexual contact that is non-consensual or occurs through coercion or manipulation. Consent is defined as positive cooperation due to an exercise of free will. The survivor may or may not know the perpetrator.

Examples of Sexual Assault

Acquaintance Rape Sexual Battery Under Duress/ Incapacitated
Stranger Rape Use of Verbal Coercion "Peeping Tom" (Voyeurism)
Drug-induced Rape Indecent Exposure  

Sexual Assault Can Happen to Anyone

Men and women from all walks of life can become a victim of sexual assault or rape.  It affects people of all ages, races, gender, ethnicities, and socioeconomic groups. Sexual assault can occur in heterosexual and in same-sex relationships. Because rape is one of the most underreported crimes, available data greatly underestimate the true magnitude of the problem. 

* Estimates indicate that every 2.5 minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. 

* Also, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have reported experiencing either attempted or completed rape at some time in their life.

* An estimated 20 - 25% of women in the United States have experienced either attempted or completed rape at some point during their college career.

* Only 17 - 19% of sexual assault/rapes are reported to law enforcement officials.

* For more statistical information on sexual assault, please click here.

 If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted

1) Go to a place where you feel safe and contact someone who can help you.  This may be a friend, family member, a Resident Assistant, campus police officer, the Project SPEAK office, or a crisis counselor from the Rape Crisis Center (405-943-7273).

2) Do not bathe, clean up in any way, or change clothing, if you plan to make a police report.  If you must urinate, try to capture the urine in a plastic or glass cup for evidence testing.  If you must change clothes, put each item in a separate paper bag and take them with you.

3) Try NOT to disturb (clean up or rearrange) the scene.

4) Think about whether or not to report the crime (all forms of sexual assault are crimes); it often helps to seek support from someone you trust while you make your decision.

5) Go to the Emergency Room to get health care and treatment.  It is important to receive medical attention, whether or not you plan to report the crime to the police.

6) You can call UCO Police and report the sexual assault, EVEN if you don't want to prosecute or haven't yet decided whether or not to report the crime.

7) As soon as you have a quiet moment, write down everything that you remember about the assault, including a description of the assailant/attacker.

8) Talk with a trained counselor, understanding person, and/or the Project SPEAK office.

 How Victims Feel

Although there are many reactions, they range from anger, numbness, intense fear, depression, shame, to feelings of betrayal and guilt. Other effects include physical aches and pain, sleep interruption, appetite changes, avoidance of specific places, increased use of alcohol and/or drugs. Reactions can lead to serious changes or disruptions in daily life, relationships, work and education.

Recovery from Sexual Assault

Recovery from sexual assault can be a lengthy process.  Early intervention often helps survivors cope better as they deal with reactions to sexual assault.  Enlisting assistance, such as the services provided by Project SPEAK, and utilizing other supportive resources can aid in recovery.

Contact Us

Project SPEAK
100 N. University Drive NUC 
Edmond, OK 73034
Phone: (405) 974-2224