Sexual Assault - Victim Rights, Reporting and Resources

24-HOUR HOTLINES & TREATMENT CENTERS 

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)
Peace Over Violence: 310-392-8381
Sexual Assault Victim Services: 949-831-9110 or 714-957-2737
Rape Hotline 1-800-585-6235
Domestic Violence Hotline 1-714-935-7956
LGBTQ Hotline 1-888-843-4564
National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673

INTERNET RESOURCES

California Courts Self-Help Center: www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp
California Law: www.leginfo.ca.gov
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center STOP Domestic Violence Program: www.laglc.org/domesticviolence
Love Me Not (stalking): www.lovemenot.org
National Domestic Violence Hotline: www.ndvh.org
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network: www.rainn.org
The National Center for Victims of Crime: www.ncvc.org

DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS
Office for Civil Rights
800-368-1019
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
90 7th Street, Suite 4-100 San Francisco, CA 94103

Sheriff's Department

  • North Orange County: 1-714-647-7000
  • South Orange County: 1-949-770-6011
  • In all cases of emergency, call 911

Therapy Referrals and other Victim Services

  • SAVS - Irvine: 1-949-752-1971
  • SAVS - Santa Ana: 1-714-834-4317
  • LGBTQ - Information /Referrals: 1-714-534-0862

National Center for Victims of Crime, Abuse, Rape

  • 1-800-394-2255
  • TTY/pD: 1-800-211-7996

Campus Contact Numbers

  • Campus Police: 949-582-4585 / 24 Hour Emergency 949-582-4444
  • Student Health Center: 949-582-4606
  • Office of the Vice President of Student Services: 949-582-4567

Shelters

  • Human Options: 1-949-737-5242
  • Interval House: 1-714-891-8121
  • Laura's House: 1-949-361-3775

Web Resources

Sexual Assault Policy

Saddleback College recognizes that sexual assault is a serious issue and does not tolerate sexual assault in any form. The College will investigate all allegations of sexual assault occurring on-campus or at off-campus grounds or facilities maintained by the district and take appropriate disciplinary, criminal or legal action. If the sexual assault did not occur on campus controlled property but the alleged assailant is a Saddleback College student or employee, the victim should report the incident to the Vice President of Student Services as soon as possible.

Any student or employee suspected of committing a sex offense of any kind is subject to both criminal prosecution by the State and disciplinary action under district and college policies and regulations. Campus disciplinary action can be initiated even if criminal charges are not pursued.

Disciplinary actions may be imposed on individual students, student organizations and/or any College faculty or staff responsible for any act of sexual violence. The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding and both shall be informed of the outcome. College sanctions following campus disciplinary procedures, detailed in Administrative Regulation 5401, depend on the outcome and may range from suspension to expulsion.

Every effort will be made to criminally prosecute perpetrators of sexual assaults.

Administrative Regulations 5404: Sexual and Other Assaults on Campus

 

What is Sexual Assault

It is the use of sexual actions and words that are unwanted by and/or harmful to another person. Some common terms that are used interchangeably with sexual violence are sexual abuse and sexual violence.

KEY TERMS . . .

Sexual Consent: Free and active agreement, given equally by both partners, to engage in a specific sexual activity. Consent is not present when either partner:

  • is below the legal age of consent
  • fears the consequences of not consenting (including use of force)
  • feels threatened or intimidated
  • is coerced (see below)
  • says no, either verbally or physically (e.g., crying, kicking or pushing away)
  • has disabilities that prevent the person from making an informed choice
  • is incapacitated by alcohol or drugs
  • lacks full knowledge or information of what is happening
  • is not an active participant in the activity

Sexual Coercion: Compelling someone to submit to an unwanted sexual act by intimidating, threatening, misusing authority, manipulating, tricking, or bribing with actions and words. When a person is coerced, she or he has not given consent.

 

Specific Forms of Sexual Violence

Dating Violence: Abuse or mistreatment that occurs in either heterosexual or same-sex relationships. It may take place at any point in the dating process – when two people first meet and become interested in one another, on their first date, during their courtship, once they have been involved with each other for some time, or after their relationship has ended.

Intimate Partner Violence: Physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy.

Rape: Unwanted, coerced and/or forced sexual penetration. The perpetrator may penetrate the victim's vagina, mouth, or anus, either with a body part or another object. The victim also may be forced to penetrate the perpetrator's vagina, mouth, or anus.

Sexual Harassment: Unwanted verbal sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can also include stalking, voyeurism ("peeping toms"), exhibitionism/exposing, and obscene comments and phone calls. Sexual harassment can occur in the workplace, school, and other settings (such as public transportation, shopping malls, community events, social gatherings, places of worship, heath care facilities) and can create an intimidating or hostile environment for the victim. The perception of the victim, not the intent of the harasser, determines whether particular words or actions are harassing.

Sexual Violation: Use of sexual contact behaviors that are unwanted by and/or harmful to another person, but do not involve penetration. This can include touching or rubbing against a non-consenting person in public ("frottage"), forced masturbation, and non-consensual touching of the breasts, buttocks, genitals, and other sexualized body parts by another person.

Stalking: While legal definitions of stalking vary from one jurisdiction to another, a good working definition of stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. A stalker is someone who willfully, maliciously and repeatedly follows or harasses another (victim) and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place the victim or victim's immediate family in fear for their safety. According to California Penal Code 646.9, the victim does not have to prove that the stalker had the intent to carry out the threat.

Other Important Information to Consider if You've been Sexually Assaulted

If the alleged assailant is a Saddleback College student or the assault occurred on campus or District property, report the assault to Campus Police (949) 582-4585; the Title IX Officer at 949-582-4567 or the Student Health Center 949-582-4606 whether or not you plan to file charges. Reporting a rape or other act of sexual violence does not commit you to filing charges. When you make your report, have someone go with you. You can go the next day, but the sooner the better. Rarely do rapists attack one person only; they get away with it and so, they continue to do it.

Whether the assault occurred on-campus or off-campus, if the alleged assailant is a Saddleback College student, faculty or staff member, file a report with Campus Police, the Vice President of Student Services and with local authorities.

Pressing charges can be a complicated process and the decision to file charges may be difficult. Each person must decide for themselves, based on their own circumstances. If you need support to make this decision, the professional licensed healthcare providers at the Student Health Center (949) 582-4606 are available to provide services that are completely confidential.

Do not blame yourself. Victims of sexual assault experience a state that resembles acute grief. Their basic feelings of wholeness, strength, trust, self-control and self-confidence are often lost. The victim’s attempts to stop the attacker did not work — they were powerless. This feeling of powerlessness can be devastating to the victim. Many are unable to talk about their experience unless they are directly asked about it. The trauma of being victimized is often long-lasting. Although each person reacts differently, there are some reactions that are common.

These reactions include:

  • Shock, Disbelief, Numbness, Withdrawal
  • Preoccupation with thoughts and feelings about the assault
  • Unwanted memories, flashbacks, and/or nightmares
  • Intense emotions: anger, fear, anxiety, depression
  • Physical symptoms: sleep disturbance, headaches, stomach aches
  • Inability to concentrate, lower grades
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Fears about safety
  • Feelings of guilt and shame

Be compassionate with yourself. Even if your body responded sexually to the attacker, it does not mean you "enjoyed" the experience or that it is your fault. Even if you believe you were naïve, not cautious, or even foolish, it is not your fault. You have been through a trauma and need to make space for your own emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual healing. You may be overwhelmed by many different emotions - fear, grief, guilt, shame, rage. It is important to seek support. There are many different options, such as talking with a campus counselor, joining a victims group or talking with a friend. People who receive counseling tend to recover from their experiences faster and with fewer lasting effects than those who get no help. Recovery from sexual assaults means that, over time, you are not thinking about the assault and your emotions are not dominated by it. You will be able to envision a positive, happy and successful future for yourself.