Information on Sexual Violence

The Counseling Center offers on campus and off campus counseling to both female and male victims of sexual violence. Counseling is provided in strict confidence. We offer a wide range of supportive counseling, survivors counseling, and accompaniment/advocacy for victims of sexual violence.

What is Sexual Violence?
Sexual violence violates a person’s body, trust and feelings of safety. It occurs any time a person is forced, coerced, and/or manipulated into unwanted sexual activity. Sexual violence includes rape, date and acquaintance rape, partner rape, sexual exploitation, unwanted sexual contact, sexual harassment, indecent exposure and voyeurism.

Rape is a crime motivated by the need to overpower, control, humiliate and manipulate the victim. Rapists use sex as a weapon to dominate others. Rape is not an expression of desire for the victim but as a way to dominate and manipulate the victim.

It is common to blame the victim of a sexual violent act for dressing suggestively, consuming too much alcohol, inviting someone into her or his dorm room or walking alone. The victim is NOT at fault. Bad judgment is never a RAPE-ABLE offense.

Who is at risk for sexual violence?
Sexual violence can happen to anyone regardless of gender, race, age, socio-economic status, or religion.

It is generally believed that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.

It is estimated that 70% of all rapes are committed by someone known to the victim.

If you or someone you know has been the target of sexual violence you can get help by contacting:

  • The Counseling Center at 332-4368
  • Jacquelyn Kondrot, Sexual Harassment Officer for Allegheny College, at 332-4356
  • Women’s Services Inc. at 814-724-4637

Adapted from Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) information brochure.