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EVERYONE DESERVES TO FEEL SAFE.
Domestic Violence on College Campuses is More Common Than You Might Think.
Relationship abuse, rape, sexual assault, and stalking are issues facing students at every college and university campus in the country. According to the American Bar Association, 28% of students on college campuses experience dating violence. Coupled with the Department of Justice’s estimation that only 38% of domestic violence incidents are reported to the police, this means that many students on campus experience abuse without support. Becoming aware of the services and resources available to survivors on your campus is one way you can support survivors and work to end gender-based violence on your campus.
How do I know if this is dating violence?
Dating violence is a pattern of behaviors used to exert power and control in a dating, romantic, or sexual relationship. It can happen in straight or gay relationships, to people of all cultural backgrounds, and from all income and educational backgrounds. It can include controlling behaviors and verbal, emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse.
Some signs of dating violence include:
Monitors your whereabouts
Tells you what to wear
Dictates what friends you can see
Threatening to hurt you or your family and friends
Shoving, punching, hitting
Restraining you from leaving
Isolates you from friends or family
Humiliates you in front of others
Unwanted kissing or touching
Forcing you to have sex
Not letting you use birth control
Forcing you to do more than you are comfortable with
You don't have to go through this alone. Help is available.
Experiencing dating violence is never your fault! Nothing you ever say, wear, or do gives anyone the right to hurt you. We know reaching out for help can be scary, but if you or someone you know is experiencing dating violence you have options for help.
National Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
Text for Help: Text "loveis" to 866-331-94742
Local 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 618-235-0892
All Services are Free, Safe and Confidential
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