What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual Assault is any sex act performed against your will or where consent was obtained by threats or acts of violence. Iowa Code defines this crime more specifically in chapter 709.
Please refer to the Iowa State University Sexual Misconduct Policy for more information about university policies regarding sexual assault and sexual harassment.
Facts about Sexual Assault*
- 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
- College age women are 4 times more likely to be sexually assaulted.
- Most sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim.
- More than 50% of all sexual assault incidents were reported by victims to have occurred within one mile of their home or at their home.
- No one deserves to be sexually assaulted.
If Someone Tells You They Have Been Sexually Assaulted
- Believe that person
- Affirm that it was not their fault
- Support by listening
- Refer to community resources
- Remember that it is important for that person to make their own decisions.
- Tell them you're sorry that it happened.
NOBODY DESERVES TO BE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED