Timely Warning "Your Right to Know" February 11, 2016

Date & Time of Incident: 
February 4, 2016 7:30 am
Report Type: 
Reported Offense Summary: 

A sexual assault was reported through the University's "Just Report It" website on February 10, 2016 at 11:38 PM. The reported assault occurred on February 4, 2016 at 7:30 AM, at a private residence on Brandon Avenue.

It is reported that a male subject, known to the female victim, ignored verbal objections and sexually assaulted the victim.

Appearance of suspect is reported to be: A description of the suspect was not provided.

The University of Virginia shares this information to protect members of the University community, to promote safety, to help reduce the likelihood of future crimes, and to raise awareness of how to seek prompt assistance should a crime occur.

No action or inaction by a crime victim makes that person responsible for another person's abusive or criminal conduct. The following suggestions may help reduce the possibility of experiencing a crime, or may improve opportunities to receive prompt assistance.
The most common type of sexual assault occurs between individuals known to one another, including an acquaintance or in the context of a current or prior dating or domestic relationship.
Alcohol and drugs are often used to create vulnerability to sexual assault. Studies of sexual assault incidents show a high correlation between non-stranger sexual assault and drug/alcohol usage. Be alert to people pressuring you or others to use alcohol or other drugs.
Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, do what you can to get out of that situation or call for assistance.
Use and encourage others to have a companion or a safe means of getting home, i.e., a trusted friend, taxi, or Safe Ride if available.
Safely intervene and/or call for help if you witness disrespectful or inappropriate behavior, or a violent crime. Plan in advance: discuss how you might do this in conversations with your friends, using different scenarios, when you aren't facing a potential crisis. Remember the three D's of Green Dot: Distract, Delegate, Direct.
Invite a Green Dot facilitator to your residence hall, suite, or organization to present on bystander intervention, or increase your understanding of these issues by inviting a peer educator from One Less or One in Four to present to your organization.
If someone is behaving disrespectfully or making you feel uncomfortable, take steps to remove yourself from the situation early, especially if you are concerned it may become physical.
If you feel as though someone may be stalking you, ask someone who understands these issues like UPD, Office of the Dean of Students, the Women’s Center, or CAPS to help you clarify what’s going on and to develop a safety plan.
If you feel afraid, call 911 or utilize transportation resources, such as the Yellow Cab program and UPD’s Safe Ride. Put their number, 434-242-1122 into your speed dial. Know the service area and hours by visiting http://www.virginia.edu/uvapolice/saferide.html .
If you feel threatened on Grounds or in nearby areas, look for a blue light emergency phone or call 911.
You have the right to defend your body, your personal integrity, yourself.
Do not second-guess yourself or the intentions of the person harming you. If you have indicated that you do not want to engage in a particular sexual activity and your partner ignores you, take this as a sign that he or she has no intention of taking your feelings into consideration. This will help you decide what to do next.
There is no shame in being a victim. Talk to someone who has knowledge of community and university resources. There are many people on Grounds and in the community who can help you identify resources and options and who may be able to reduce the impact on your well-being and help you end the abuse.
If you are being stalked, share this information with people who can help keep you safe. Use the stalking tracking form on the UVA resources website and speak to professionals to help develop a safety plan.
Your voice and our body are your best weapons. Learn effective ways to use them by taking a self-defense class, and bring a friend with you.
The following is a list of forms of sexual assault. They are also a violation of the University of Virginia's Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and other Forms of Interpersonal Violence:

Having intercourse with another person without their consent.
Having intercourse with another person by force or threat of force.
Having intercourse with another person who is incapacitated and as a result, unable to give consent. Incapacitation can be caused by voluntary intoxication by the victim or by the perpetrator intentionally inducing ingestion of alcohol to cause incapacitation..
Having intercourse with another person after spiking that person’s drink with date-rape or predatory drugs in order to induce incapacitation so that the person cannot resist or recall the incident.
Having intercourse with a person who is asleep, unconscious or otherwise unaware the intercourse is occurring.
Using threats, intimidation or coercion (unreasonable pressure) to compel someone to have intercourse against their will.
Sexual Intercourse is:

Any penetration
However slight
With any object or body part (as described below)
Performed by a person upon another person

Affirmative consent must be present for all forms of sexual activity. Affirmative Consent is informed (knowing), voluntary (freely given), and active (not passive), meaning that, through the demonstration of clear words or actions, a person has indicated permission to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity.
Affirmative Consent cannot be obtained by Force. Force includes the use of physical violence, threats, intimidation, and/or coercion.
Affirmative Consent cannot be gained by taking advantage of the incapacitation of another, where the person initiating sexual activity knew or reasonably should have known that the other was incapacitated. Incapacitation means that a person lacks the ability to make informed, rational judgments about whether or not to engage in sexual activity.

The administration, faculty and staff of the University of Virginia are here for you. If you have experienced any crime including interpersonal violence (IPV), stalking, and/or sexual violence, we encourage you to share this information with us so that we can provide you with support, resources, options, medical attention and academic accommodations. You can read about these resources, the University's policies, and learn how this violence might impact you or your friends on our Sexual Violence Education and Resources website: http://www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence/.

University (Non-Confidential) Resources:  For information regarding resources and reporting options, you are encouraged to contact the University's Title IX Coordinator at titleixcoordinator@virginia.edu or at (434) 924-3200, the Office of the Dean of Students by phone at (434) 924-7133, or the University Police Department at (434) 924-7166.  A Student Resource Guide and other information is also available on the following websites: www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence or www.virginia.edu/uvapolice.

Reporting Options:

Victims of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, or stalking have several reporting options:

Report directly to law enforcement by calling 911.
File a report through Just Report It , the University's website for online reporting, which allows for anonymous reporting.
Contact the University's Title IX Coordinator at (434) 924-3200 or the Office of the Dean of Students at (434) 924-7133 to file a report. You can access the Dean on Call by calling UVA Police and ask for the Dean on Call) - (434) 924-7166
Request to file a police report at the hospital if medical attention is sought through the UVA. Emergency Department.
Confidential Resources: Victims of sexual assault, intimate partner violence or stalking are encouraged to talk to someone to understand their resources and options. There are many confidential resources on Grounds and in the community:

University Confidential Resources

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) counseling staff: 434-243-5150 434-972-7004 (after hours)
Student Health: Gynecology 434-924-2773
Student Health: General Medicine 434-982-3915 434-972-7004 (after hours)
Student Health: Psychologists in the Student 434-243-5180 SDAC@Virginia.edu
Disability Access Center (SDAC)
The Women’s Center: Counseling Staff 434-982-2252 434-982-2361
The McCue Center: Sports Medicine and Sports 434-982-5450
Psychology Clinical Staff (Serves student-athletes)
UVA Teen and Young Adult Health Center 434-982-0090 (Provides health care for ages 12 to 26)
Mary D. Ainsworth Psychological Clinic 434-982-4737 ainsworth@virginia.edu
(Clinical training program that generally does not see patients in crisis)
Sheila C. Johnson Center for Human Services 434-924-7034

Community Confidential Resources

Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) Office: 434-295-7273 or 24-hour Hotline: 434-977-7273
Shelter for Help and Emergency (SHE) Office: 434-293-6155 or Hotline: 434-293-8509
Family Violence and Sexual Assault Virginia Hotline Call: 800-838-8238 or Text: 804-793-9999
Sexual Assault Advocacy Fund (Confidential legal information and representation): (434) 327-1447 (www.studentsaaf.org)
It is on all of us to put an end to sexual violence. Become an informed and effective bystander in the prevention of sexual assault. If you see something, intervene, contact someone who may assist, or call 911. Get involved! Find out how by visiting http://notonourgrounds.virginia.edu/hoosgotyourback.

Please take all necessary steps to protect yourself and each other - and know that you should never hesitate to call 911.

Emergency/Crisis Resources (24/7):

Police    911
Sexual Assault Resource Agency    (434) 977-7273
Shelter for Help in Emergency    (434) 293-8509
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Emergency Line:    (434) 972-7004
Dean on Call (Call UVA Police and ask for the Dean on Call):    (434) 924-7166
UVA Emergency Department/Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners:    (434) 924-2231
Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline of Virginia:    (800) 838-8238
Ongoing Support from Confidential Resources:

Department of Student Health
CAPS    (434) 924-5150    
General Medicine    (434) 972-3915    
Gynecology    (434) 924-2773    
Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center
Counseling Services    (434) 982-2252
Ongoing Support (Non-Confidential) and Guidance, including academic and housing accommodations:

Office of the Dean of Students    (434) 924-7133
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