Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention
Rape is a crime of power and control. Forced intercourse is defined as rape and reflects a total disregard for the rights and feelings of others. Rape, sexual harassment and other sexual violations can happen anywhere. Research findings suggest that approximately 25 percent of women and five to 10 percent of men have been raped (Psychology of Women Quarterly, Vol. 20, 1996; Journal of American College Health, Vol. 45, 1997). The research further suggests that the highest number of assaults occur among 18 to 21-year-old women. Given these numbers, college-aged students can be viewed as vulnerable to sexual victimization. Sexual assaults are more likely to be committed by someone the student knows and trusts, rather than by a stranger.
Sexual Assault Prevention Programs
Sexual assault awareness, education and prevention programs are presented to the University community each semester. In particular, the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class is geared towards female community members. The R.A.D. class is a rape awareness and self-defense class that is realistic and comprehensive. It begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. Classes are taught by certified R.A.D. instructors, three of which are members of the University Police Department. Printed literature concerning sexual assault awareness, education, resources, and victim assistance is also available upon request from the Student Life Office and the University Police Department.
Options Following a Sexual Assault
Assistance is available through the numerous departments at St. Mary’s University:
- University Police 210-431-1911
- Student Health Center 210-439-3506
- Student Counseling Center 210-436-3135
- University Ministry 210-436-3213
- Office of Student Development 210-436-3331