Facts about Rape and Sexual Assault
What Can Men Do to Make Women Feel Safer?
UCSB Police Officers’ Pledge to Sexual Assault Survivors
Sexual Violence Services
Rape and sexual assault happen at UCSB just like at any other campus. Learn the facts.
Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact including touching of breasts and genitals, oral copulation, anal penetration, penetration with a foreign object, and penile/vaginal penetration.
To engage in sexual activity you must first get consent. Consent is a verbal "yes" or active, positive participation from all parties involved. A person's silence does not mean that they have consented. You need to make sure that the person that you want to have sex with wants to be there having sex with you. If you do not get consent, it's rape.
Sexual violence is almost always by men against women. However, men can be assaulted, and sexual violence can and does happen between people of the same gender.
Sexual assaults are usually perpetrated by someone that the woman is acquainted with or who she knows well, and they usually occur in a place where the woman would normally feel safe and comfortable, like her home or the home of a friend.
One in four women will experience a sexual assault or an attempted sexual assault by the time she graduates from college. One in twelve men say they've forced a woman to have sex, but they don't realize that this is rape. These numbers apply not only to UCSB, but to ALL colleges in the U.S.
Because of the fear of being ostracized, blamed, and not believed after surviving a sexual assault, only about 5% of sexual assault survivors report the crime to the police.
Alcohol does not cause rape, but almost all acquaintance rapes involve alcohol. Stay sober or drink responsibly. Rape is never the survivor's fault. Rape is not the punishment for poor judgment or high-risk behavior. The responsibility for committing rape lies completely with the perpetrator. Just as you would still be responsible for your actions if you chose to drive drunk and ended up hurting someone because of it, you are responsible for your actions if you choose to sexually assault someone while you are drunk.
Sexual violence is rooted in widely held beliefs that confuse sex and violence. Sexual assault is not sex; it is violence. Watch out for sexist myths like "She asked for it," "She's such a tease or slut" or "All men are rapists." Watch out for racist myths like "Black men are more prone to rape than other men." Watch out for homophobic myths like "Gay men are child molesters" or "Any guy who gets assaulted must be gay." These are NOT true, and they only serve to perpetuate rape culture.
You have the right to report sexual assault or relationship violence to the police, and the right to ask the Office of Student Life to investigate an incident through the campus judicial process. You also have the right to get help from the resources below even if you don't report to the police. Both the police and all resources will help women, men, and transgendered people, including lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Sexual assault and abuse do occur in same-sex relationships.
Rape Prevention Education Program
UCSB Counseling Services
UC Police Department
In an emergency
Santa Barbara Community
SB Rape Crisis Center: 24 hour crisis hotline
Self defense classes, non-crisis information and support
Domestic Violence Solutions
CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation)
Isla Vista Foot Patrol
Legal Aid Clinic (for temporary restraining orders)
What Can Men Do to Make Women Feel Safer?
Women have to live with the unfortunate reality that sexual assault does happen, and nearly always to women. This means that sometimes women are fearful, anxious about getting home safely, or worried about opening the front door.
One in three women is sexually assaulted in her lifetime. Women are not being paranoid when they get a little nervous about sexual overtones from someone they hardly know. Women want to be with men that they know are allies in the struggle against sexism and rape. Men can help to make the social and sexual climate a whole lot better for all the women out there who are being realistic about their safety. Certain attitudes and behaviors make some women uncomfortable. This list begins to target a few of them so that the women of UCSB can walk around feeling just a little--or a lot--safer.
Be a leader. Make a difference for all the women you know. And for the men, too. Take time to think about some of these issues:
- When you are talking with a woman, do you look her in the eyes or do you look at her chest?
- When you're walking behind a woman at night who is alone, do you follow too closely, or do you make an effort to cross to the other side of the street?
- Do you touch women without their invitation to do so?
- Have you thought about the impact of posters that use women to sell beer, surfboards, music, or sports? Are you willing to take these down?
- Do you compliment women on more than their looks? For instance, their ideas, imagination, cleverness, humor?
- Do you try to keep an open mind when a woman tells you something feels sexist, insensitive, or demeaning? Do you take her seriously?
- Have you thought about the impact of jokes that make fun of a woman's size, looks, brains, fears, anger, ideas, or opinions?
- Have you thought about the impact of talking violently or harshly about having sex (nailing her, doing it to her, banging)?
- When you see other men engaging in negative behaviors, do you speak out against this and explain your reasons to them?
- Do you accept "No" from a woman the first time she says it?
- Are you aware that having sex with someone who has not given consent, or who is too drunk to be able to give consent, is rape?
If you are interested in talking more about some of these issues, talk with men in the campus organization Men Against Rape, schedule a workshop on acquaintance sexual assault for your residence hall, fraternity or club, talk about some of the questions above with your friends (both men and women), or visit the Women's Center.
If you are sexually assaulted you have many rights, including the right to report the assault to us if you wish. If you want to make a report to the Police we are committed to the following principles:
- WE WILL meet and talk with you, and a support person if you wish, at a place of your choice in this area.
- If you feel more comfortable talking with a female or male officer, WE WILL do our best to accommodate your request.
- WE WILL take your assault seriously, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, or whether the assault is stranger, acquaintance, or alcohol-related.
- WE WILL not pre-judge you. Our position is that perpetrators, not their victims, are responsible for crimes.
- WE WILL treat you and your assault with sensitivity, dignity, understanding, and courtesy.
- WE WILL assist you in arranging for your medical needs, including hospital treatment if necessary.
- WE WILL help you connect with an advocate, on or off campus, to assist you with your safety, counseling, advocacy, and any other needs.
- WE WILL not release your name to the public or to the press.
- WE WILL discuss with you the criminal justice process.
- WE WILL fully investigate your assault, which may lead to arrest and prosecution of the offender. You will be kept informed throughout the entire process.
- WE WILL continue to be available for you, to answer your questions, to explain the systems and processes involved and be a willing listener.
--UCSB Police Officers
Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center
Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center This center provides a 24-hour hotline, confidential support, medical and legal information, counseling, and self-defense. Advocates are also available to meet in person. All services are available in English and Spanish. Volunteer and internship opportunities are available. 433 E. Canon Perdido, Santa Barbaba; 24-hour hotline: (805) 564-3696. Administrative: (805) 963-6832.
UCSB Campus Advocacy Resources & Education (CARE)
CARE provides prevention education and response services for all forms of sexual violence - rape and other forms of sexual assault, abusive relationships and stalking. Services are free and confidential and available to women and men, including lesbians and gay men, and those who identify as transgendered. CARE offers education through the peer education program Students Stopping Rape, and through trainings, lectures and programs conducted by professional staff. We talk about facts, laws, and statistics. Self-defense workshops are also available. Located at SRB 1220.
UCSB Counseling & Crisis Services
Counseling Services is another resource for students who need help with a crisis situation or for those who have been sexually assaulted. For a crisis appointment or 24-hour support, call (805) 893-4411.
Child Abuse Listening & Mediation (CALM)
Provides individual, family and group counseling for families where physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect have occurred or may occur. Bilingual counseling, parent education and home visitation programs for prevention of child abuse and neglect are offered, as well as individual and group counseling for male and female adult survivors of childhood molestation.
Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County
Provides shelter for abused women and children, community education, including teen outreach, and counseling and support services for perpetrators of domestic violence. 24-hour hotline: (805) 964-5245