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.
If you are the victim of a sexual assault, go to a safe place and call the University Police Department (extension 3330 if you are calling from an on-campus telephone). If an assault takes place off-campus, the University Police Department can assist you in contacting the San Antonio Police Department. The University Police can also assist you in seeking medical attention and contacting a support person, counselor, University minister, or a representative from The Rape Crisis Center of San Antonio.
Note: There is a 48-hour time frame in which forensic evidence can be gathered. If you choose to file charges, any evidence collected immediately after the assault will be vital to your defense.
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.
Victim assistance is available through the numerous departments at St. Mary’s University:
If requested, the University will make reasonable changes in academic and/or living situations to assist victims of sexual assault. Options may include, but are not limited to, change of residence hall, university phone number or class schedule.