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Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence

Many individuals on college campuses are affected by interpersonal violence, including sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking. If you are a victim or know someone who is, we can help you get the help and support you need at Temple University.

White House Video to Combat Sexual Violence

Sexual assault prevention tips

Consent

  • Understand that if someone does not or cannot consent to sex, it is rape. “Until you get an emphatic ‘yes,’ you have a ‘no.’”
  • Match a clear request for consent with a clear response. “Yes. No. Not yet. Not now.”

Bystander Intervention

  • Don’t just be a bystander, if you see something, intervene in any way you can. The only way to change the culture is to say something.
  • Trust your gut. Listen to the little voice inside of your head. If something feels like it is not right, it probably isn’t right.
  • Be direct. Ask someone who looks like they made need help, “are you ok?”
  • Call for help. Enlist others to help you intervene.
  • If you see someone who is too intoxicated to consent, help get them home safely. If need be, use yourself as an excuse to get you both home safely.
  • Don’t let a crime occur. The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.
  • Interrupt and distract a bad situation if you are worried about what you are seeing. Tell them “that’s not cool.”

Resources and Support

  • Buddy up: Go with friends, come home with the same friends, and stick with your friends for the whole night. Don’t leave anyone alone.
  • Talk to your friends honestly and openly about sexual assault.
  • Always believe their story. Never blame the victim.
  • If you are a victim or survivor, or helping someone in that situation, go to Campus Safety Services; call them at 215-204-1234 to get help. For more help, information, and resources visit the Wellness Resource Center 215-204-8436 or Tuttleman Counseling Services 215-204-7276. You can also call the national sexual assault hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.