SCC provides free mental health counseling. If a student is alleging that he or she is a victim of sexual assault, that student should contact the mental health counselor at 636-288-6533. The mental health counselor will assist a student with contacting the dean of students at 636-922-8238 and/or Department of Public Safety at 636-922-8545, who can assist the student by discussing options for and assistance in notifying law enforcement agencies and accessing services for victims.
The dean of students at 636-922-8238 will assist the student with needed class schedule changes if the accused perpetrator is another SCC student. The dean of students will also discuss options for campus disciplinary action, including sanctions the college may impose. The dean will share that both the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during disciplinary proceedings, and that both must be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceedings.
If an employee is alleging that he or she is a victim of sexual assault, the employee should contact Department of Public Safety at 636-922-8545, who can assist by discussing options for and assistance in notifying law enforcement agencies and accessing services for victims; should contact the vice president for human resources at 636-922-8300, ADM 1123, or any administrative officer; and may contact the employee assistance program at 1-800-356-0845 for counseling assistance.
Sexual Assault/Violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to an intellectual or other disability.
In order for individuals to engage in sexual activity of any type with each other, there must be clear, knowing and voluntary consent prior to and during sexual activity. Consent can be given by word or action, but non-verbal consent is not as clear. Consent to some form of sexual activity cannot be automatically taken as consent to any other form of sexual activity.
In order to give effective consent one must be of legal age and capable of making such decision. Incapacity (or being incapable of giving consent) is a state where someone cannot make rational, reasonable decisions because they lack the capacity to give knowing consent (e.g., to understand the “who, what, when, where, why, or how” of their sexual interaction. Incapacity can result from mental disability, sleep deprivation, involuntary physical restraint, alcohol or drug use, or from the taking of rape drugs.
Myth: Most rapes are crimes of passion/sexual gratification.
Fact: Most rapes are planned, often for as little as a few minutes. Rape is an act of entitlement which is less about sexual desire and more about power, control, dominance and anger. Sex is used as a weapon to inflict violence and humiliation on a victim.
Myth: Women who don’t fight back haven’t been raped or nobody can be raped against their will.
Fact: Rape occurs when you are forced to have sex against your will – whether you fight back or not. A victim should not be criticized for doing what they must to save their life or avoid serious injury.
Myth: Women often make up stories about being raped.
Fact: Very few people make up stories about rape. Rape happens to people you know, is perpetrated by people you know.
Myth: Rape is usually committed by a stranger.
Fact: Most rapes are committed by someone the victim knows (a date, friend, partner, spouse, neighbor, relative, boss or someone the victim met at a bar or party).
Myth: Women provoke sexual assault by the way they dress/appear.
Fact: Thinking that women provoke attacks transfers the blame on the victim instead of the assailant. Rapists look for vulnerable targets. Women and girls of all ages, ability, culture, sexuality, race and faith are raped. No one asks to be abused or injured.
Myth: If a person doesn't "fight back," she/he wasn't really raped.
Fact: Rape is potentially life-threatening. Whatever a person does to survive the assault is the appropriate action.
Myth: Women who are drunk are willing to engage in any kind of sexual activity.
Fact: The fact that a woman has been drinking does not imply consent. Alcohol and drugs can render a woman incapable of consent. Alcohol is a weapon that some assailants use to control the victim. Sexual assault also occurs in the absence of alcohol.
Myth: Only attractive women are raped.
Fact: Anyone (including men) can be raped. Assailants often choose victims who seem most vulnerable to attack: elderly, children, physically or emotionally disabled persons.
This guide was adapted from the University of Rochester, University Health Service; Missouri State University, Office of Student Conduct; Western Virginia University, Student Health Services; Southeast Missouri State University, Peer Education Association; and St. Louis University, Human Resources.