The following are educational programs and resources UCA makes available to promote awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and other sex offenses.
Programs on sexual assault awareness begin in the fall and continue throughout the academic year. Information on this programming will be made available through news releases, campus email, and social media.
Programs on sex offenses are traditionally offered throughout the academic year by the following offices, departments, and groups:
- Counseling Center outreach programs
- Residence hall programs
- Greek speakers/programs
Literature on rape and sex offenses are available at the Health Promotion and Wellness Services, University Counseling Center, and University Police.
Preventing a Sex Offense
There are many steps men and women can take to prevent a sex offense from occurring.
What can women do?
- Think ahead. Know your desires, limits and intentions ahead of time before you meet an acquaintance or go out on a date.
- Communicate your intentions clearly. Inform your date or acquaintance what your intentions and limits are. “No” means no, and “yes” means yes. Be clear, firm and specific. Polite approaches may be misunderstood or ignored.
- Be assertive. Men sometimes interpret passivity as permission. Be direct and firm with someone who is sexually pressuring you.
- Avoid excessive use of alcohol. Alcohol interferes with judgment and communication. Most incidences of date rape involve the use of alcohol.
- Do not place yourself in vulnerable situations. Walk in well lighted areas and with friends. Keep your room door and windows locked. When dating a person for the first time, double date, and do not allow yourself to be alone for any period of time.
- Trust your intuition. If you sense you are in danger, leave the area or situation immediately and find a friend.
What can men do?
- Respect the wishes of the person. If she says “no” she means no. Do not read other meanings into her answer. Even if she initially gives permission but then changes her mind, respect her wishes.
- Do not assume previous sex gives permission for future sex. Again, listen to what the person has to say.
- Do not assume women enjoy force or pressure to have sex. Women wish to be treated with care and respect. Forced sex is nothing more than a violent and criminal act.
- Do not assume a woman who dresses in revealing clothes and acts provocatively wants to have sex.
- Realize that alcohol and drugs are not an excuse to have sex. You do not have the right to take advantage of a person who is intoxicated or incapable of saying no.