Clemson Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Getting Help and Giving Help

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month for Clemson University.11124736_10153253889471474_868829453_n

Megan R. Fallon, Clemson’s Interpersonal Violence Prevention Coordinator, has partnered with the April Sexual Assault Prevention team (ASAP) to bring Sexual Assault Awareness month to Clemson. ASAP consists of multiple organizations, which are listed in full at the bottom of this article.

The organizers planned several events to bring awareness to the looming problem of sexual assault on campus. Click the picture to the right to see all of April’s events.

See below for facts about sexual assault, what to do if you’ve been sexually assaulted, and where you can find help locally.

Facts about sexual assault:

  • 1 in 5 college women and 1 in 16 college men are targets of “attempted or completed” sexual assault. (2007 U.S. Department of Justice)
  • The majority of sexual violence victims know their attacker. (2011 CDC)
  • More than 23 million women and 2 million men have been raped in their lifetimes. (2011 CDC)
  • Less than 5% of attempted or completed rapes of college students are reported to the authorities. There are multiple reasons why this happens. (2007 U.S. Department of Justice)

What should you do if you were sexually assaulted? RAINN explains.

Your safety is important. Are you in a safe place? If you’re not feeling safe, consider reaching out to someone you trust for support. You don’t have to go through this alone.”

What happened was not your fault. Something happened to you that you didn’t want to happen—and that’s not OK.”

Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673).You’ll be connected to a trained staff member from a local sexual assault service provider in your area. They will direct you to the appropriate local health facility that can care for survivors of sexual assault. Some service providers may be able to send a trained advocate to accompany you.”

Pickens County Advocacy Center: 864.442.5500
Foothills Alliance: 1.864.231.7273 and 1.800.585.8952

What should you do if someone tells you they were sexually assaulted? Rape Crisis England and Whales explains.

Listen – To what she has to say and let her take her time. It might not be easy for her to start talking about an event that she has kept silent about for a long time. It may be difficult because she may have been told not to tell by the abuser at the time.”

Believe – People rarely lie about rape or sexual abuse. Why would they? It is important to believe what they are saying.”

Respect – Both his feelings and decisions. If he feels like crying, let him, it can be part of his healing process.”

Remember – It is not her fault – no-one asks to be abused or deserves it and she cannot be blamed for not preventing the abuse. The blame lies with abuser.”

Recognize – The courage it takes for a survivor to speak must be recognized and praised. It takes a great deal of courage to face up to fears and also to talk about any sexual experience.”

Who can help you locally?

Pickens County Advocacy Center
5190 Calhoun Memorial Highway Suite A
Easley, SC 29640
Tel/Hotline: 864.442.5500

Foothills Alliance
216 East Calhoun Street
Anderson, SC 29621
24-Hour Crisis Hotlines: 1.864.231.7273 and 1.800.585.8952
Office phone: 864-231-7273

*ORGANIZATIONS IN ASAP: The Office of Access and Equity, Pickens County Advocacy Center, Foothills Alliance, Army ROTC, CUConsent, Healthy Campus, Aspire, CAPS, Women’s Leadership, Delta Tau Delta, Sigma Iota Alpha, Gamma Sigma Sigma, and the Panhellenic Council.

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