Counseling and Resource Center

When Someone You Know...

...is Affected By Sexual Assault (including date rape).

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact obtained without consent and/or obtained through the use of force, threat of force, intimidation, or coercion. This includes date rape.

Sexual assault is devastating for victims, profoundly affecting their lives. For students, this can mean impacting the ability to do well academically or to achieve academic goals.

Myths about Sexual Assault

Myth #1: Most rapists are strangers to the victim
FACT: About 4 out of 5 rapists are known to their victims

Myth #2: Men cannot be victims of sexual assault.
FACT: While women report more assaults, men can be victims of sexual assault, but are less likely to report it.

Myth #3: If a person decides to drink or use other drugs, she/he is responsible if sexually assaulted.
FACT: Making the choice to drink or drug, while not wise, does not indicate consent to be sexually assaulted.

Myth #4: Men cannot rape a woman when she resists.
FACT: Men are generally physically more powerful than women and can force a woman to have sex. Men can also overpower men.

Myth #5: Sexual assault involves only physical, and not verbal, coercion.
FACT: Threats, tone of voice, or strong insistence can be intimidating and can make someone feel as if she/he has to submit to having sex.

To Help Prevent Sexual Assault

While there is no sure-fire way to prevent an assault from occurring, there are several steps that one can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of sexual assault:

Surviving Sexual Assault

If you have just been assaulted:

What Should I Do If My Friend/Partner/Family Member Has Been Sexually Assaulted?

This significant person in your life needs your support. You can provide that support by:

How Can Edmonds Community College Help?

Edmonds Community College is committed to creating a safe campus environment. We provide the following to help attain this goal:

Other Resources:

Providence Sexual Assault Center: 425.252.4800

Local Police: 911

Care Crisis Line: 425.258.4357

Snohomish Co Center for Battered Women: 425.252.2873

Sexual Assault Resource Center (King County): 1.800.825.7273

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs

Care Crisis Line
Snohomish County Care Crisis Line: 425.258.HELP (4357) or 1.800.584.3578
(24-hour telephone crisis counseling; interpreters available)
King County Crisis Line: 206.461.3222 or 1.800.244.5767