Rape & Sexual Assault Resources
No one should ever suffer the physical or emotional pain of being victimized — much less by a partner, spouse, friend, or acquaintance. Yet rape and sexual assault are an all-too-frequent occurrence on campus, in the U.S., and around the world. This section of our website provides information for individuals:
- experiencing a sexual assault EMERGENCY
- who have been victims of sexual violence
- wanting to help a friend
- seeking understand legal issues related to assault
- looking for ways to get involved and take action
- seeking print and media resources
It has been estimated that approximately 20-25% of college women in the U.S. have been victims of rape or attempted rape. About 10% of sexual assault victims are men. Most individuals are assaulted by people already known to them; this could be a date, a friend, a student they know, or someone in a position of power or authority, such as a boss or teacher. The dynamics of assault on campus vary as do the needs of victims. Every circumstance is different with one exception: a victim is never to blame for what happens to them. Some circumstances may put individuals at greater risk, but that never reduces the culpability of the assailant.
We all have a responsibility to work together to make our campus a safe and respectful place to study and work. Cornell's SHARE website lists numerous individuals and groups committed to the taking a stand against sexual assault on campus and in the wider community. Others are here to help of victims of rape and other forms of sexual violence survivors receive supportive care and resources.
A new safe ride home
Big Red Shuttle: free, student-run, Friday and Saturday late-night transportation service for students in need of a safe ride home