Sexual violence includes attacks or attempted attacks related to unwanted sexual contact. These acts may be perpetrated by a stranger or by someone known to the survivor, including an acquaintance, friend or intimate partner.
There are no methods that absolutely guarantee one’s safety from sexual violence. However, it may help to think about personal safety and communication, as well as have a clear understanding of what sexual violence is. In all instances of rape or sexual assault, it is the assailant who is to blame and we must never assume that there is something a person "should have done" to prevent themselves from being sexually assaulted.
Be Safe and Aware
- If you think you may be at risk in any situation, leave immediately and go to a safe place.
- Attend parties with friends you can trust and look out for one another. Try to leave with a group, rather than alone or with someone you don't know very well.
- Be prepared to resist pressure from others to participate in illegal or inappropriate sexual acts.
- Be aware of controlling behaviors in yourself or others. Extreme jealousy or possessiveness, use of degrading language and/or a history of violent behavior may be associated with sexual violence.
Student Counseling Services
During the academic semester, counseling is available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Additional group and workshop programs are offered throughout the week after office hours. For further information or to arrange and appointment, call Student Counseling Services at (516) 463-6745.
Student Counseling Services is located in the Wellness and Campus Living Center, which is on the north side of Hempstead Turnpike, across from Nassau/Suffolk residence hall and Hof USA.
In the event of an emergency, on-call counselors may be reached 24/7 by calling Public Safety at (516) 463-6789. Public Safety will contact an on-call counselor who will respond immediately.
Don’t Make Assumptions
- Don't assume that someone wants to have sex just because s/he is intoxicated, is dressed a certain way, or agrees to go to your room.
- Just because you have previously had sex with someone does not mean that s/he wants to have sex with you again.
- A person may consent to kissing or other sexual intimacies, but that does not suggest that s/he is willing to have sex.
- Listen carefully to what the other person is saying and if you are unsure ask for clarification.
- Know your sexual intentions and limits. You have the right to refuse any unwanted sexual contact. If you are uncertain about what you want, ask the person to respect your feelings and boundaries.
- Communicate your limits directly. Back up your words with a firm tone of voice and clear body language.
- Get involved if you believe someone is at risk. If you see a person in trouble don't be afraid to intervene.
- Educate others about rape and sexual assault. Help to clear up any misconceptions others might have.
- Take notice of any suspicious persons or situations. Contact Public Safety if you have concerns.
- Both males and females play an important role in creating a safe and comfortable campus environment.
If you have, or know someone who has, been sexually assaulted, Student Counseling Services is available for confidential support. A medical evaluation and reporting the assault to the office of Public Safety and/or law enforcement is recommended.
For more information about sexual misconduct, visit Hofstra University’s student policy prohibiting discriminatory harassment, relationship violence and sexual misconduct.
For information about Title IX, a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on sex, visit the Title IX office.