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Department of Communication Studies

Sexual Violence at UNI

This website is to be used as a resource for anyone who has been affected by sexual violence. You can find information on what sexual violence is usually characterized by, safe spaces you can visit, and how to talk with someone who has been sexually assaulted. There are also links and phone numbers that anyone can visit online or call to talk to a crisis counselor.

 

What is sexual violence?

  • Sexual violence means that someone forces or manipulates someone else into unwanted sexual activity without their consent

    • Reasons someone might not consent include fear, age, illness, disability, and/or influence of alcohol or other drugs

    • Anyone can experience sexual violence including: children, teens, adults, and elders

    • Sexual abuse can be from acquaintances, family members, trusted individual or strangers

 

Forms of sexual violence

  • Rape or sexual assault

  • Child sexual assault and incest

  • Intimate partner sexual assault

  • Unwanted sexual contact/touching

  • Sexual harassment

  • Sexual exploitation

  • Showing one’s genitals or naked body to other(s) without consent

  • Masturbating in public

  • Watching someone in a private act without their knowledge or permission

 
 
 

Resources in the Community and On Campus

If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, these are some safe spaces you can go to for help:

 

 

 

How to determine if you are in an unhealthy relationship:

  • Withdrawing from other relationships or activities, for example, spending less time with friends, leaving sports teams, or dropping classes

  • Saying that their partner doesn’t want them to engage in social activities or is limiting their contact with others

  • Disclosing that sexual assault has happened before

  • Any mention of a partner trying to limit their contraceptive options or refusing to use safer sexual practices, such as refusing to use condoms or not wanting them to use birth control

  • Mentioning that their partner is pressuring them to do things that make them uncomfortable

  • Signs that a partner controlling their means of communication, such as answering their phone or text messages or intruding into private conversations

  • Visible signs of physical abuse, such as bruises or black eyes

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Here are some links and phone numbers anyone can use to talk to a crisis counselor:

  • Links to hotline numbers and group chats

    • 800.656.4673 National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline

      • When you call this number you will be routed to a local RAINN affiliate organization, based on the first 6 digits of your phone number

      • This hotline offers many things to help you:

        • Confidential support from a trained staff member

        • Support finding a local health facility that is trained to care for survivors of sexual assault and offers services like sexual assault forensic exams

        • Someone to help you talk through what happened

        • Local resources that can assist with your next steps towards healing and recovery

        • Referrals for long term support in your area

        • Information about the laws in your area

        • Basic information about medical concerns

    • UNI Counseling center after hours:  319-273-2676 and press 2

    • This is a link to a chat hotline, if you don’t feel comfortable talking on the phone, this is a resource that can help: https://hotline.rainn.org/online/terms-of-service.jsp

    • This is a chat hotline similar to the one above that is specifically for men.

 

It may be intimidating to have someone confide in you about something this serious and intimate. You may or may not know what to say, but here is an article with suggestions on how to talk with someone who has been affected by sexual violence. It has different phrases that will help guide a conversation.

 

 

Other Resources from SAVE:

 

Waypoint (Waterloo) mostly domestic or partner violence

Riverview Center

Resources Listed in Flow Chart:

 

*Sexual violence does not only occur against women or men. Gender is not a binary; transgender and non-binary persons also can experience sexual violence.

 

 

 

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