Sexual violence is any kind of sexual contact against a person's will and without consent.

Some common forms of sexual violence include:

 

While sexual assault can be perpetrated by a stranger, it is more commonly committed by someone the victim knows, such as a friend, boyfriend/girlfriend/partner or acquaintance. Because assault usually occurs with someone the victim knows and while one or both parties are under the influence of alcohol, victims often blame themselves and do not identify it as sexual assault. Often the victim will not tell anyone about it and if they do tell someone, 80% of the time they will seek support from a peer before they will seek help from a professional (Wandrei, 2003).

Counseling Center staff are trained to assist victims in healing from the trauma of sexual assault. Your contacts with us are confidential and you will be given support to help you heal and freedom to make your own decisions about reporting to law enforcement. You may contact us during regular business hours at 414-288-7172 to make an appointment or in an emergency you can reach the on-call counselor by calling Public Safety at 414-288-6800 and asking them to page us. We can talk with you and help you decide what to do next.

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The Counseling Center is dedicated to promoting the psychological health of students at Marquette University. We offer mental health services to be able to respond to the emotional and career exploration needs of undergraduate, graduate and professional college students, and the prevention resources to reinforce healthy development.