Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact with another person who does not or cannot give consent. The use of alcohol or drugs does not diminish a person's repsonsibility for assaulting someone.Rape is sexual intercourse without consent.
If you have experienced sexual assault you may be feeling hurt, angry, sad or confused. You may be experiencing difficulty sleeping, nightmares or an inability to concentrate. You may also find it difficult to trust people or to go about your regular daily routine. These responses - and many others - are a normal reaction to a traumatic event.
Sexual assault is never the fault of the victim. The blames lies with the person who chose to hurt you. SARN advocates offer support and advocacy to students, staff and faculty of St. Olaf College who are survivors of sexual assault as well as friends and family of survivors. Our services are free and confidential.