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SECURITY NOTICE: Sexual assault on campus

A female student reported to a Campus Security Authority that on Oct. 3 she was sexually assaulted by a male student acquaintance. The female student reported that this occurred in a residence hall but did not specify which hall. No description of the suspect is available at this time.

If you believe a crime has been committed, we encourage you to call VUPD . In an emergency, call 911 or (615) 421-1911. For non-emergencies, call (615) 322-2745.

The Project Safe Center offers a support line 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (615) 322-SAFE (7233).

The Psychological and Counseling Center offers support and resources as well. PCC can be reached at (615) 322-2571.

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When someone says that they are not interested in sex or doesn’t respond to their partner’s sexual advances, they just need to be persuaded to have sex.  Sex without consent is sexual assault. A person can withdraw their consent at any time. Not responding to sexual advances is not consent. A “no” in any form must be heard and respected. Consent is actual words or actions indicating a freely given agreement to engage in sexual activity. 
Sexual assault is usually committed by a stranger.   Approximately 80 percent of sexual assaults are committed by a person known to the victim. This acquaintance may be a classmate, relative, friend, co-worker, casual date or romantic partner. On a college campus, nearly 90 percent of completed or attempted sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance. 
Anyone who gets drunk or takes drugs is partially responsible for being assaulted.  Using drugs or consuming alcohol does not imply consent and does not make a person responsible for an assault that happens to them while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Intoxication may impair a person’s ability to provide effective consent, resist unwanted sexual advances, and take some safety precautions; however, rape is never the victim’s fault. 

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