Sexual assault is any unwanted physical contact of a sexual
nature that occurs without consent from both individuals or under threat
or coercion. Whether by an acquaintance or by a stranger, sexual assault
can occur either forcibly and/or against a person's will, or when a person
is incapable of giving consent.
In all cases, drugs and alcohol, whether considered a "date rape
drug" or not, can make someone more vulnerable to sexual violence.
Regardless of whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in an assault, the
assault is never the victim's fault.
In an emergency, the police are concerned for your safety first! If you or others have been involved in underage drinking or illegal drug use, do not let that preclude you from calling 911 for help! Your safety and well-being is our highest priority.
Approach gender violence as a MEN'S issue involving men of all ages
and socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds. View men not only as
perpetrators or possible offenders, but as empowered bystanders who can
confront abusive peers
If a brother, friend, classmate, or teammate is abusing his
female partner -- or is disrespectful or abusive to girls and women in
general -- don't look the other way. If you feel comfortable doing so,
try to talk to him about it. Urge him to seek help.
Please Note: In addition to the resources listed on this
page, the information and resources listed throughout this website,
including counseling, apply to and are available for male survivors and
their significant others.
YWCA Sexual Assault Center (650) 725-9955 Please call for counseling and resources. A male survivor and
significant other packet can be sent to you as well as other