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Sexual Assault: Available Resources, Reporting Options and Key Facts

Sexual Assault: Available Resources, Reporting Options and Key Facts

“We have a problem on our campus and we need to talk about it.”

That’s how Chancellor Holden Thorp begins his letter to the University community on a new website devoted to a Campus Conversation on Sexual Assault

Carolina, like universities large and small around the country, is not immune to the problem of sexual violence. It affects students’ overall well-being and ability to do their best in an environment they believe is secure, Thorp said, and students need to know that the University has resources to address their concerns.

He called getting that right a daunting responsibility – and one that calls for commitment by everyone at Carolina. And that’s why the campus conversations have begun.

FAQ, Background on Sexual Assault Complaints, Reporting Options, Campus & Community Resources (from the Campus Conversation on Sexual Assault website)

Suggested Safety Tips

  • Know the realities of sexual assault. Most sexual assaults are committed by non-strangers in familiar social situations.
  • Most acquaintance sexual assaults happen when one or both people are drunk or high.
  • Drink responsibly. Don’t leave your drink (alcoholic or otherwise) unattended.
  • Use positive peer pressure to help stop abusive behaviors that may lead to acquaintance sexual assault. For example, if you overhear someone talk about taking advantage of a partner sexually, let the person know you think this is wrong. Silence can be mistaken for approval.
  • If you see something suspicious, note pertinent details and call 911 to report it, or use the emergency call boxes located across campus. Push the button to automatically alert campus police where you are; they will respond immediately.
  • For non-emergencies, call the University’s Crime Prevention Officer at 966-3230 or call 962-8100 to reach the Department of Public Safety. Remember, though, during an emergency, call 911.
  • Before you drive home, call your roommate, family member or a friend so they will expect you and be aware if you are late.
  • Lock all doors to your car and residence at all times.
  • Encourage group activities in early stages of a relationship.
  • You have the right to say no to sexual activity, whether or not you have previously had sexual contact with someone.
  • Always walk briskly; look alert and confident. Avoid carrying objects requiring use of both arms. Stay in well-lit, highly populated travel paths. Use the campus lighting corridors (from East Franklin Street to Rams Village residence halls and along Cameron Avenue and South Road), which provide increased lighting for walks and parking lots that are frequently used at night.
  • If you are being followed, get away fast, change directions, and walk or run to a crowded area.
  • Trust your instincts. If you sense that something is wrong, get away from the situation. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
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