Sexual Assault

If you or a friend has been Sexually Assaulted:

Rape can be terrifying and traumatic. After a rape, it’s not uncommon to feel fearful, confused, guilty, ashamed, or isolated. You do not have to deal with these feelings alone. There are many concerned people at Augsburg College and in the community to help you.

From the Aurora Center website:

  1. If you are in immediate danger, call Public Safety at 612-330-1717, (1717 from a campus phone) or 911.
  2. Go someplace safe.
  3. Tell a person who will support you and/or call Public Safety at x1717 and/or The Aurora Center at 612-626-9111.
  4. Have your medical needs attended to at a clinic or in the emergency room. DPS will drive you to the emergency room 24 hours a day, whether or not you choose to report the assault.
  5. Consider whether you’d like to make a police report. If there’s any chance that you want to report your assault to the police now or in the future:
    • Do not shower or douche.
    • Save the clothes you were wearing at the time of the assault in a paper bag.
    • Save sheets, blankets, or anything else that may have evidence in a paper bag. Do not throw anything away or try to clean up.
    • Go the emergency room where you can receive a sexual assault exam (performed by specially-trained female nurses). Such an exam can be performed up to 120 hours after an assault, but it is most successful within the first 24 hours.
    • Call The Aurora Center to speak with an advocate at 612-626-9111. An advocate can meet you at the hospital to give you support and answer any questions you may have.
    • Call the Center for Counseling and Health Promotion at x1707 to talk to or schedule an appointment with a counselor. Their website contains links to a variety of resources, including a listing of the numbers of local crisis resource centers.

Consider joining a support group for survivors of sexual assault. You can contact The Aurora Center for more information on our support group for students.

Learn more about sexual assault

Campus and Community Support Services – The Center for Counseling and Health Promotion (CCHP) has resources available on Sexual Assault/Harassment  and Local Sexual Assault Resources. There is also information available on Relationships, Relationship Violence, Anger Management, Alcohol and other drugs, and many other topics facing college students.

On-Campus:

Augsburg College Department of Public Safety, at (612) 330-1717 (ext. 1717), Campus Pastor, at (612) 330-1732 (x1732), Center for Counseling and Health Promotion, at (612) 330-1707 (x1707)

Off-Campus:

Minneapolis Police Department – 911

Sexual Violence Center - 24 hour Crisis Line: (612) 871-5111. Phone: (952) 448-5425.

Rape and Sexual Abuse Center – 24 hour Helpline: (612) 825-4357. Phone: (612) 374-9077.

Aurora Center at the University of Minnesota – 24 hour Help line: (612) 626-9111. Phone: (612) 626-2929

Fairview University Medical Center Emergency Room–Riverside – 24 hour information line: (612) 672-7272.

PRIDE LGBT Health services – 24 hour information line: (800) 547-7433

RAINN Rape, Abuse & Incest National NetworkOnline hotline. 24 hour National Sexual Assault Helpline: (800) 656-HOPE

Facts About Campus Sexual Assault

According to a 1993 survey of 6,000 college students:

  • One out of four college females reported being victims of rape or attempted rape during preceding year
  • 90% of rapes go unreported
  • 50% of males believe women say “no” when they actually mean “yes”women need to say “no” an average of three times before they are believed
  • 30% of male students continued sexual advances after partner said “no” and one out of every six admitted forcing sexual contact

Acquaintance/Date Rape is a serious violation of the code of student conduct. The act will be handled as a campus disciplinary matter resulting in possible dismissal. Augsburg College Sexual Harassment/Sexual Violence Investigation Process. See also the Augsburg College Sexual Harassment Policy.

Sexual assault is a serious crime. Victims are strongly encouraged to report the crime to the local police. Remember, it is not your fault. Assault can be committed by a stranger, lover, acquaintance, and/or family member.

Ways to Avoid Circumstances Which Might Lead to Sexual Assault:

  • Understand your sexual desires and limits. Believe in your right to set those limits, and to respect the limits set by others. If you are not sure, stop. Be aware of and resist social pressure. You are responsible for your actions as an individual and as a member of a group.
  • Communicate your limits clearly. If someone starts to offend you, tell them so, firmly and promptly. Polite approaches might be misunderstood or ignored.
  • Say “no” when you mean “no.”
  • Accept the person’s decision. “No” means “no.” Never continue after the person says “no.”
  • Don’t assume that a person who doesn’t say “no” means “yes”. Explicit, verbal consent is a must at all times.
  • Don’t assume that previous permission for sexual activity applies to the current situation. Consent is required every time.
  • Be assertive; passivity might be interpreted as permission. Be direct and firm with someone who is pressuring you sexually.
  • Being turned down when you ask for sexual relations is not a rejection of you personally. A person who says “no” to sexual relations is not necessarily rejecting you; they are expressing their unwillingness to participate in a specific act at a specific time.
  • Don’t assume that just because a person flirts or dresses in a manner which you consider sexy that they wants to engage in sexual activity.
  • Avoid excessive use of alcohol and drugs. Alcohol and drugs interfere with clear thinking and effective communication
  • Pay attention to what is happening around you. If you feel threatened, don’t be embarrassed to ask for help or to leave.
  • Pay attention to what is happening around you. If you see someone making unwanted advances, or doing something inappropriate with someone unable to give consent (an unconscious person, or a minor), say something. Distract the offender. Offer support to the victim.
  • Trust your intuition. If you feel you are being pressured into unwanted sexual relations, don’t hesitate to express your unwillingness, even if it might appear rude. Don’t hesitate to call out your friends or people around you if they are doing something inappropriate or unwanted.