What is sexual assault?

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault includes rape, sexual abuse, and any unwanted sexual touching and/or harassment. Sexual violence of any type is prohibited at ECSU.

ECSU is committed to the prevention of sexual violence and offers many resources, including the Women's Center, the Counseling Center, and University Police, which can provide information on sexual violence. If you need help, please speak to a campus leader. Resources are available on-campus and in the community to deal with the medical, legal, and emotional stressors that follow sexual violence.

For an emergency, call 911. To speak with a 24/7 rape crisis hotline operator, please call 252.338.3011.


The Facts

  • 1 in 5 women has been sexually assaulted while in college (The Campus Sexual Assault Study (CSA), 2007)
  • Incapacitated assault- sexual assault while the victim is drunk, passed out, or under the influence of drugs- is particularly common (Kilpatrick, Resnick, Ruggiero, Conoscenti & McCauley, 2007)
  • College survivors suffer higher rates of PTSD, depression, and alcohol and drug abuse (Kilpatrick, 2007)
  • On average only 12% of student victims report assault to law enforcement (Kilpatrick, 2007)