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Sexual Assault Information

  • Were you or someone you know sexually assaulted?
  • What are your next steps?
  • Learn how survivors move forward.

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault* is a form of Sexual Misconduct which includes unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact including ... touching, penetration by a person or object either vaginally or anally, and oral sex. It also includes forced touching of another’s body.

Rape Is a form of Sexual Misconduct and is non-consensaul sexual intercoursethat may also involve the use of threat of force, violence, or immediate and unlawful bodily injury, or threats of future retaliation or duress.

Acquaintance Rape is a form of Sexual Misconduct and is committed by an individual known to the victim. This includes a person that the victim may have just met; i.e. at a party, introduced through a friend, or on a social networking website.

Daing Violence is abuse committed by a person who is or has been in a social or dating relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim

Date Rape Drugs such as alcohol, Ketamine, GHB, and Rophynol are sometimes used to keep a person from resisting, or even to render the victim unconscious. Alcohol, however, is the #1 date rape drug.

Affirmative Consent is when a person says yes and freely, and actively participates in the sexual act. Consent is mutual agreement. Consent cannot be assumed, cannot be given under pressure, out of fear, or when you are not fully aware of what is going on - like when a person has had too much to drink or has used other drugs. Consent can be revoked at anytime and sexual activity must STOP immediately.

Silence is not consent.

* Sexual Assault is violence. It is not about sex; it’s about using sex to have power and control over another person.

What do survivors need to hear?

  • It’s not your fault!
  • It's not what you wore!
  • It’s not what you said!
  • It’s not what you drank!
  • The perpetrator chose to commit this crime!

What can survivors do?

Get Medical Care After an Assault

Be examined for physical injury and possible Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). The examination also provides an opportunity to discuss options for available counseling and for pregnancy prevention.

Two important things:

  • Don’t shower or bathe before the physical exam.
  • Place clothing worn during the assault in a paper bag - to be used for evidence in case you ever decide to take legal action.

Medical evidence that supports a case is best collected within 72 hours of an assault.

Call someone—a friend or family member and/or …

Call one of the numbers for Confidential Services to speak with a Sexual Assault Victim's Advocate for Crisis Intervention, Advocacy, Accompaniment, including support at the hospital, and for Resources/Referrals:

M-F 9 am - 5 pm: (562) 985-2668, or (562) 985-1732

After 5 pm, 24-hr Sexual Assault Services (877) 943-5778, YWCA-GLA

FYI, the hospital or attending physician is required by law to notify the police, but the survivor decides whether to talk with the police or to press charges.

You do have the option to only report the incident for police or public records without pressing charges.

How does sexual assault affect survivors?

Since every person and situation is different, survivors of sexual assault will respond in various ways. There is no right or wrong way to react. Some survivors recover relatively quickly, while others feel the effect of their victimization longer.

Emotional / Psychological / Physiological Effects

There are many emotional, psychological and physiological effects survivors may experience, such as headaches, vomiting, shock, denial, anger, shame, self-blame, fear, anxiety, depression, loss of self-esteem, loss of trust in others, sleep disturbances, panic attacks, eating difficulties, hyper-vigilance, and isolation.

How to Support a Friend

  • Listen without interrupting.
  • Validate your friend’s experiences or reactions.
  • Remind your friend that she/he is not at fault—the assailant made the decision to commit this crime.
  • Encourage your friend to seek medical attention and/or counseling
  • Respect your friend’s decisions.

On-Campus Organizations

Off-Campus Resources - 24-hour hotlines

  • YWCA GLA Sexual Assault Crisis Services: (877) 943-5778
  • Orange County Rape Crisis Hotline: (949) 831-9119 and (714) 957-2737
  • East LA Rape and Battery Hotline: (800) 585-6231
  • Interval House Domestic Violence Crisis Shelter & Service: (562)-594-9492
  • Su Casa~Ending Domestic Violence Hotline(562) 402-4888
  • WomenShelter of Long Beach Hotline(562) 437-4663
  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network): 1 (800) 656-HOPE

Resources for Men

Additional Information


(Content provided by the Health Resource Center, Student Health Services.) and CSULB Campus Sexual Harassment/Misconduct: Title IX