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Sexual Assault/Rape

What is Sexual Assault?Sexual assault happens when you are forced into sexual contact against your will.  It may be called by a variety of names includingrape, incest, molestation, sexual violence, marital rape, date rape, or others .  Sexual assault can happen to anyone, at anytime, anywhere.  Likewise, perpetrators of sexual assault can be anyone; an acquaintance, date, relative, stranger, friend, spouse, etc.  Sexual assault is a crime of power, not lust, done to hurt and humiliate the victim.


Programs to Help Raise Awareness

B.E. S.A.F.E. Week :

This week in September is devoted to educating, preventing, and raising awareness about sexual assault.  Activities that have occurred in the past during the week include the Clothesline Project, a mock rape trial, a panel discussion, and a candlelight march.


Take Back the Night:

A time for women and men to take a stand against sexual assault through attendance, song, dance or speech.  This program is one of the cornerstones of the annual B.E. S.A.F.E. Week. This is followed by a candlelight march across campus to symbolize the effort to free the community from the fear of walking alone at night.


Clothesline Project:

This is a visual display that bears witness to the violence against women and girls. Victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and domestic violence who are willing decorate shirts to raise awareness about the impact of abuse.

What to Do If It Happens to You

•  Get to a safe place.

•  Ask a trusted friend to stay with you.

•  Call the police.

•  Go to a hospital as soon as possible.  Ask for an examination and evidence collection.  Request that the hospital take a urine sample for drug toxicology testing to be done by your law enforcement agency's crime lab.

•  Preserve as much physical evidence as possible.  Do not urinate, shower, bathe, douche or throw away the clothing you were wearing during the incidents

•  Call a rape crisis center for information and support.

Important Phone Numbers:

Women's Center

(270) 809-3140

Purchase Area Sexual Assault & Child Advocacy Center

(270) 753-5777 

Counseling & Testing

(270) 809-6851

Psychological Center

(270) 809-2504

Murray-Calloway (270) 753-6622

Mental  Health

Health Services

(270) 762-3809

Public Safety

(270) 809-2222

Murray City Police

(270) 753-1621

Links to sites for more information:

KY Association of Sexual Assault Programs

Acquaintance Rape

Sexual Assault Response Form for Murray State University

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