Sexual Assault Awareness

Sexual Assult Awareness

Victim Advocate: (941) 504-8599

Available 24-7; the Victim Advocate is available to assist victims of crime, sexual assault, and partner violence.

Sexual Assault does not discriminate between age, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, ethnicity, or race. It is important to have a clear understanding of what sexual assault IS and IS NOT, as well as the resources available for sexual assault prevention and survivor support.

Sexual Assault can be defined as one or more of the following:

Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.

Rape also occurs when a person is incapable of giving legal consent because

• She/he is under 16 years old
• Is mentally incapacitated
• Is physically helpless; including drug or alcohol consumption
• Is mentally “incompetent”
• Is asleep

Sexual battery
Oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, a sexual organ of another, or the anal or vaginal of another by any object without the person’s consent.

Acquaintance rape
Sexual relations undertaken by a friend, date, or acquaintance without consent of the victim. Acquaintance rape occurs when someone is forced to have intercourse over his/her objections, cannot object or as a result of threats, physical restraint or physical violence.

The conscious agreement to voluntarily engage in sexual activity with another person. When fear or intimidation is used, it is not necessary for a victim to resist or say “no” to establish that sexual assault has taken place.

Again, consent cannot be given if a person is compromised -intoxicated, mentally incompetent, or in an altered state of consciousness.

Local Outreach Agencies
Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center of Sarasota, Inc. 
2139 Main Street 
Sarasota, FL 34237 

24-Hour Hotline 941-365-1976
Safety planning, shelter, counseling, legal and personal advocacy, service management, children’s services, transitional housing, assistance with crime victims compensation program, and 911 cell phones.

You can also reach SPARCC through the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-500-1119

HOPE Family Services
24 Hour Help-line: 941-755-6805
Outreach Office: 941-747-8499

Manatee Glens Rape Crisis Services
Rape Crisis Hotline: 941-708-6059
Main number: 941-782-4100

Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV)
FCASV is an excellent resource regarding the current trends in reported sexual assaults within Florida, current research, outreach, and survivor training, and resources for survivors.

The nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization.

There are messages sent by advertisers that reinforce the problem of sexual assault. By becoming aware of the media system, a college community can work to reduce sexual violence toward women and men.

Women and Advertising
Killing Us Softly: Women & Advertising (Video)
This video points out the problems with advertising that reinforce attitudes that run very deep into the culture. Women’s bodies are routinely viewed as objects and things is just one example of the many problems inherently found in ads.

Every woman deserves to feel beautiful just the way she is. (Video)
Society puts up unattainable beauty ideals. It reveals that perceptions of beauty are distorted. This is related to the objectification of women (which leads to sexual assault) in addition to the cognitive (“never good enough”), emotional (shame), and social impact of these distortions. This one-minute video shows how distortions originate.
Jean Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her pioneering work on alcohol and tobacco advertising and the image of women in advertising.

There are many ways that the culture and the media system send messages about what masculinity means. These messages feed into a culture that indirectly supports sexual assault.

Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes by Byron Hurt (Video)
This video examines the representation of men in Hip Hop Culture. The conversation of men needing to be dominant and in control is raised. The video highlights how women are portrayed and the messages that are promoted.

Tough Guise: Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity (Video)
This video shows how our culture portraying men as strong, rugged, independent, and respected means fitting men into a narrow box that defines manhood. The media system presents men as dominant, powerful, and in control and constructs violent masculinity as a cultural norm. This video points to the battle between putting on a tough guise (violent masculinity) versus new healthier self-respecting ways to be men.

Sexism, Strength and Dominance: Maculinity in Disney Films (Video)
This video highlights key aspects of what masculinity means. The emphasis of masculinity is on being sexist and dominant rather than vulnerable and caring.

One Student is a is a non-profit organization that provides cutting edge programs, resources and opportunities that engage students to create social change to reduce sexual violence

National Sexual Violence Resource Center generates and facilitates the development and flow of information on sexual violence intervention and prevention strategies. The NSVRC works to address the causes and impact of sexual violence through collaboration, prevention efforts and the distribution of resources

National Center for Victims Against Crime provides a Dating Violence Resource Center, which offers tools, support, and resources to increase education and awareness about dating violence