Sexual Assault Resources
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is any form of sexual activity where consent is not consciously and voluntarily given. It includes anything from touching to penetration. Anyone can be a victim of sexual assault. Sexual assault is a traumatic event, and victims commonly experience fear, shock, confusion, disbelief, embarrassment, shame, guilt and many other emotions.
What is Consent?
Consent is a clear, knowing and voluntary decision to engage in sexual activity. Because consent is voluntary, it is given without coercion, force, threats or intimidation. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent. Failure by the victim to offer physical resistance to the offender does not mean consent was given. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions consist of an affirmative, unambiguous, conscious decision by each participant to engage in a mutually agreed-upon sexual activity.
Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated. Where alcohol or drugs are involved, incapacitation is determined by how the alcohol or drugs have impacted a person’s decision-making capacity, awareness of consequences, and/or ability to make fully informed judgments.
IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF SEXUAL ASSAULT:
Make sure you are safe. If not safe and on campus, call UAPD at 479-575-2222. If you are off campus, call 9-1-1.
Call someone who can help, like a friend. Support services are also available from:
525 N. Garland Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72704
NWA Center for Sexual Assault | 479-347-2304 | Hotline: 800-794-4175
1670 W. Sunset Ave., Suite B. Springdale, AR 72762
Do not blame yourself. Being a victim of sexual assault is never your fault.
Get medical attention. If you have severe injuries like fractures/head injury/lacerations, you should have someone drive you to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Northwest Medical Center in Springdale or Mercy Hospital in Rogers – whichever is closer, OR call 9-1-1. See addresses/phone numbers below.
Consider a forensic exam (if assaulted in last 96 hours). This involves a collection of important evidence including fluid samples, clothing, nail clippings, hair, pictures of injured areas, etc.
If you have a forensic exam, you are not obligated to prosecute, but the evidence will be available if you do decide to prosecute.
You can decline any part of the exam.
There will be no cost to you for the exam, testing and initial treatment to prevent possible STDs or pregnancy.
If you have a forensic exam, you may be eligible for Crime Victim Compensation.
A forensic exam is completely private – there is no insurance billing. No one will know about it unless you choose to tell them.
A forensic exam cannot be done at Pat Walker Health Center, so we refer patients to the NWA Center for Sexual Assault.
If you decide that you want a forensic exam, do NOT shower, drink, eat, brush your teeth or change your clothes. These activities could destroy physical evidence that could be useful if you decide to prosecute. However, if you have already bathed/brushed etc. (which is a perfectly normal response), you should still get a forensic exam. These activities do not necessarily prevent the collection of evidence.
If you do not want a forensic exam, make an appointment at Pat Walker Health Center, where you can be tested/treated for STDs. We can help you get the support you need.
Write everything down that you clearly remember happening. You may find that details become more clear as time goes on – usually after two or more sleep cycles. Writing about the assault can help you to cope with the situation, plus also may be helpful in any legal action you might choose to take.
Report the incident to the U of A Title IX office. All students are encouraged to report any incidents to 479-575-7111 or report.uark.edu.
Sexual Assault Resources
24/7 Crisis Hotline: 800-794-4175 | Office Number 479-347-2304;
1670 W. Sunset Ave, Suite B: Springdale, AR 72762
3215 N North Hills Blvd, Fayetteville, AR 72703
609 W Maple Ave, Springdale, AR 72764
2710 S Rife Medical Ln, Rogers, AR 72758
155 S. Razorback Road, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
For free and anonymous STI testing
3270 N. Wimberly Dr. Fayetteville, AR 72703\
4301 Greathouse Springs Road, Johnson, AR 72762