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WELL 175 Study Guide - Comprehensive Final Guide: Sexual Assault, Maximum Life Span, Sedentary Lifestyle

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WELL 175
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Millersville University
WELL 175
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I. Understanding the Scope of the Problem
- One in 4 (25%) of college age women report experiences that meet the legal
definitions of rape or attempted rape
- One in 5 (20%) of college women are raped during their college years
- Most survivors of sexual assaults are full-time students
- Approx. 1/3 of them are first year students between 17-19 years old
- 80%-90% of sexual assaults are perpetrated by individuals known to the survivor
- 85% of rapes are committed by a person the victim knows
- In a recent study by the National Institute of Justice, survivors of rape knew their
attackers as:
- Classmates (35.5%)
- Friends (34.2%)
- Boyfriends or ex-boyfriends (23.7%)
- Acquaintance (2.6%)
- Alcohol involved sexual assaults more often occur among college students who
know each other only casually and who spent time together at a party or bar
- Approx. 85% of rape victims do not report their victimization to criminal justice
- 81% of women who were stalked by a current or former were also physically
assaulted by that same partner
II. Myths & Facts
- Myths
- Because she is drinking she is "easy"
- Perpetrators usually a stranger
- If victim was drunk when assaulted, they're partly to blame
- Assaults only happen at night in dark alleys
- Facts
- This is a double standard. Men are not perceived by society the same way
- Usually someone the victim knows
- Sexual assault survivors are never responsible for the attack, no matter what
III. Sexual Assault Defined
- Sexual assault
- Includes any forced or coerced sexual acts such as: touching or kissing,
verbally coerced intercourse, physically forced penetration
- Attempted rape
- Is an act that fits the definition of rape, in terms of the strategies used, but does
not result in actual penetration
- Rape
- Constitutes sexual behaviors that involve some type of penetration due to force
or threat of force, a lack of consent, or inability to give consent due to age,
intoxication, or mental status
- Alcohol Involved Rape
- Rape in which the perpetrator, the victim, or both are under the influence of
alcohol of the time of the incident
IV. Consent & Drinking
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