Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

Sexual Assault and Survivors with Disabilities

FACT:  People with disabilities are twice as likely as the general population to experience rape and sexual assault.

(2007 Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report on Crime Against People with Disabilities)

Power and Control Wheel, from Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Reporting Sexual Assault to Police and/or the University

Information on Reporting Sexual Assault to the Police and/or the University

  • It is the survivor’s right to choose whether to report the sexual assault.

  • Law enforcement officers are not confidential resources.

  • Many survivors who decide to report do not do so immediately.  It is never too late to make a report or to seek help from the University or other agencies. A prompt report may strengthen the case for prosecution.

Sexual Assault Misconceptions

Several misconceptions exist about sexual assault.  These misconceptions often shift responsibility and blame from the assailant to the victim.  Understanding the misconceptions surrounding sexual assault may help you in your recovery.  What happened to you was a crime.  You are not to blame for the assailant’s behavior.

Survivors of Sexual Assault Handbook

Drugs & Sexual Assault

Drugs used by perpetrators to incapacitate and rape people exist in the University of Michigan community and are on the rise.  The most common rape drug is alcohol.