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Acquaintance Rape Resource Guide

Sexual assault is an unfortunate reality on this campus and on campuses nationwide. At Miami, a variety of programs are aimed at increasing awareness of sexual assault and supporting students who report sexual assaults. Unfortunately, many students are unaware that the overwhelming threat of sexual assault is not from strangers, but from individuals they know or have just met. This summary is designed to provide a basic guide to university resources regarding sexual assault.

How severe is the problem?

The 2007 U.S. Department of Justice National Crime Victimization Study shows that 248,300 rapes were reported in the U.S. during that year—a statistic suggesting that every two minutes, someone is sexually assaulted in the U.S. Futhermore, sexual assaults are vastly underreported; it is estimated that only 5 to 40 percent of rapes are reported (Rape and Sexual Assault: Reporting to Police and Medical Attention; Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2000).

A 2004 study conducted at 119 colleges found that one in 20 college women reported being raped during the school year and almost 75 percent of victims said they were intoxicated when the assault occurred. The study was conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health Alcohol Study, Saint Joseph's University, and the University of Arizona.

National statistics vary, but officials agree that most college women know their attackers and that most attacks go unreported.

A 2000 U.S. Department of Justice study on the sexual victimization of college women reports that 2.8 percent of those surveyed were the victims of rape or attempted rape per academic year and about 90 percent knew their attackers. On a campus of 10,000 women, that's 280 rapes or attempted rapes each academic year. However, the study further found that less than 5 percent of sexual assaults are reported to police.

Miami provides complete information on crime statistics for all campuses as well as the City of Oxford. When reviewing statistics, remember that many more sexual assaults occur here and elsewhere than are reported.

What can I do to reduce my risk of being sexually assaulted?

Educating yourself about the problem is a good first step! Programs established to promote awareness among men and women regarding sexual assault include the following:

  • Women Against Violence and Sexual Assault (WAVES)*—This student organization began during the 2007-2008 school year to promote awareness and education about issues surrounding sexual violence.
  • Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault (MARS)*—This program began during the 2001–2002 school year to address rape as a men’s issue. Male students meet in small, all-male groups to discuss how men can make a difference.
  • Summer Orientation Programming—In Summer 2001, a program for parents and students addressing sexual assault among college students was incorporated into orientation for first-year students. Stressing the fact that most sexual assaults on campus involve acquaintances, the program includes information on what constitutes consent and facilitates discussion of risk reduction and prevention. The student segment includes a skit portraying the dynamics involved in acquaintance rape situations.
  • Nighttime Door to Door—This service provides a safe escort for students. An escort can be obtained from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and until 4 a.m. the rest of the week. Call 529-2277.
  • Miami Police Victim ServicesWebsite information includes answers to questions commonly asked by sexual assault survivors.
  • Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network—This resource provides support for sexual assault victims and their loved ones through two hotlines: 800-656-HOPE and online.rainn.org.

    *Any student, staff, or faculty member can request an educational/interactive program by calling 529-1870.

What if I'm sexually assaulted or know someone who is?

  • Seek medical help. Your physical health should be your first priority. McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford has specially trained sexual assault nurse examiners. Victims are not billed for services. Survivors of sexual assault at Miami are also strongly encouraged to report it to police. Even if you don't know whether you want to prosecute, reporting will ensure the collection of evidence and the documentation of facts while they are still fresh in your mind.
  • Check out police resources. The Miami and Oxford Police have adopted a list of promises to survivors of sexual assault, including a pledge to treat every victim with respect and sensitivity and a pledge to take every case seriously and to investigate it thoroughly. Police also promise to assist victims as they navigate the legal system.
  • Find support through the Butler County Rape Crisis Program. A service of the Community Counseling and Crisis Center, this program provides confidential immediate and long-term support for sexual assault victims.
  • Contact the victim advocate on campus. The coordinator of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Programs can offer support and inform you of available options. Call 529-1870.
  • Seek counseling. Counseling is available 24 hours a day by calling the Butler County Rape Crisis hotline at (513) 381-5610 or tollfree, 877-889-5610.
  • Students may also seek assistance from Miami's Student Counseling Service by calling 529-4634. On-call counselors can be reached at any time through the university police dispatcher.
  • Report the crime. Although victims are encouraged to pursue a criminal case, those who choose not to can still file a report with the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution (if the accused is a student). In either case, the reports are included in the university's crime statistics. Cases may be pursued simultaneously in criminal court and by the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution.
  • Know Miami protocol. Pick up a copy of the brochure, "Important Information for Miami Students About Sexual Assault Programs and Services," available from any of the offices listed at the end of this publication. Working with the Women's Center, the Student Counseling Service, and Miami Police, the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution established protocol for working with sexual assault victims. It ensures that victims' medical needs are taken care of, that victims know what support services are available and that they are provided with information about various ways charges can be pursued (civil, criminal, campus judicial system).

What are the differences between campus disciplinary and criminal proceeding?

Both Miami's code of conduct and the criminal system operate under the assumption that an accused is innocent until proven guilty. However, the standard of proof in disciplinary proceedings is "preponderance of evidence," a less stringent one than "proof beyond a reasonable doubt," which is required for criminal proceedings. Preponderance of evidence requires that the facts establish the likelihood that the offense was committed by the accused person, while certainty must be established to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

What happens to charges of sexual assault that are handled in the university's judicial system?

Outcomes range from dismissal from the university to a finding of not responsible. For example, in a recent academic year, the university judicial system dealt with four alleged sexual misconduct violations. Two accused students were dismissed from the university; one was suspended, and the other was found not responsible. Criminal charges were pursued in two of the cases, but the grand jury did not return an indictment.

College disciplinary systems are not meant to be a substitute for the courts. They are a method for enforcing standards of behavior—standards that are often higher than those required by criminal law. Students who choose to pursue internal disciplinary action are informed of and urged to also seek redress via criminal proceedings. Criminal charges and internal disciplinary proceedings can occur simultaneously.

Suggestions and Comments

Your suggestions and comments on programs to combat sexual assaults are encouraged. Please send them to sexualassaults@MiamiOH.edu.

For More Information

Coordinator of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Programs: 529-1870
Miami Police: 529-2222
Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution: 529-1417
Dean of Students: 529-1877
Women's Center: 529-1510
Student Counseling Service: 529-4634
Butler County Rape Crisis Program: (513) 381-5610 or tollfree, 877-889-5610



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Locations
Luxembourg
West Chester
Middletown
Hamilton
Oxford
  • Luxembourg
    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

    Contact and emergency information for the Luxembourg Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    luxembourg@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/luxembourg

    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

    Directions

    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

    Contact and emergency information for the Voice of America Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069
     
    voalc@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/voalc

    Printable Floor Plan
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Middletown
    Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

    Contact and emergency information for the Middletown Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Hamilton
    Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

    Contact and emergency information for the Hamilton Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Oxford
    Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

    Contact and emergency information for the Oxford Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency