Sexual Assault

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is any sexual act against a person’s will and/or without their complete knowledge and consent.  In California, all sexual activity must be based in affirmative consent. It is important to recognize that sexual assault is NEVER THE VICTIM’S FAULT!

If you or a friend is a victim of sexual assault, it is important that you get help:

  • Your immediate safety is first. Try to go to a safe place.
  • If you are in immediate danger or need emergency help call 9-1-1 or the campus police at (916) 278-6000
  • Reach out for support. You deserve it.
  • Call the confidential campus victim advocate (916) 278-5850 or call WEAVE’s 24-hour hotline at (916) 920-2952 for afterhours support
  • Call someone you trust, like a friend or a member of your family.
  • Get medical attention as soon as possible. Our campus victim advocate or the local rape crisis center nearest you can assist you with finding options. Medical care is important, in case you are injured and to protect against sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
  • Reporting to the police is your choice. If you decide not to go to the police right away, write down everything you remember about what happened and save it in case you change your mind.
  • If you decide to report to the police, preserve evidence and try not to shower or bathe in case you decide you want to pursue an evidentiary exam to collect evidence of the assault.
  • If you decide not to report to police, you may still be eligible for an exam through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). If you would like to get a VAWA exam, try not to shower or bathe and call the victim advocate for assistance and more information, or call WEAVE for afterhours support. VAWA applies to all victims regardless of gender.
  • You can report the incident to the campus Title IX office regardless of whether you make a police report or not. To report an incidence of domestic/dating violence, sexual assault/harassment, or stalking please look at your reporting options or contact the confidential campus victim advocate for more information.
  • Using alcohol or drugs NEVER makes the victim at fault for sexual violence.
  • Know your Rights and Options 

 

Sacramento State Confidential Victim Advocate:

(916) 278-5850; Monday-Friday 8:00 AM -5:00 PM
 

Sacramento Area 24-hour Confidential Help: 

WEAVE, Inc., Sacramento: (916) 920-2952
Empower Yolo, Woodland/Davis: (916) 371-1907
Stand Up Placer, Roseville/Auburn: (800) 575-5352 
DeafSAFE: (855) 812-1001 (VP)
 

Emergency Help:

Call 9-1-1 or our campus police at (916) 278-6000

 

How family and friends can help survivors:

Being there as a support system for a friend or family member after they have experienced an assault is an important first step. It is important as an effective support person to believe the survivor and be clear that the assault was not the survivor’s fault. Click here  to find out more ways that you can help by being an effective support person. 

What is Affirmative Consent?

In California all sexual activity must be based on affirmative consent. Affirmative consent means an informed, affirmative, conscious, voluntary, and mutual agreement to engage in sexual activity. It is the responsibility of each person involved in the sexual activity to ensure that they have the affirmative consent of the other participant(s) to engage in the sexual activity. Lack of protest or resistance does not mean affirmative consent, nor does silence mean affirmative consent.  Affirmative consent must be voluntary, and given without coercion, force, threats, or intimidation.

 Download “10 Ways to Distinguish Consent

 To learn more about affirmative consent, click here.