Sexual abuse or assault is when one person uses force, threat of force or coercion to make another person engage in sexual behavior against his or her will.Assailants commit sexual assault by way of violence, threats, coercion, manipulation, pressure or tricks.Even if the two people know each other well, and even if they were intimate or had sex before, no one has the right to force a sexual act on another person against his or her will. You may hear some people say that those who have been raped were somehow “asking for it” because of the clothes they wore or the way they acted.Although it involves forced sex, rape is not about sex or passion. That’s wrong: The person who is raped is not to blame. And that’s also the case when two people are dating — or even in an intimate relationship. If sex is forced against someone’s will, that’s rape.Healthy relationships involve respect — including respect for the feelings of others.Someone who really cares about you will respect your wishes and not force or pressure you to have sex. You may have heard about “date rape” drugs like rohypnol (“roofies”), gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), and ketamine.If you’re in danger or need help now, call: 9-9-1-1 from any campus phone 9-1-1 from a cell phone Sexual Violence Resource Sheet Safety Medical Care Emotional Support If your friend or colleague has experienced sexual violence, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating/domestic violence or stalking, there are many ways you can be supportive.
This website provides the campus community with information about how to get and give help, how to report, your responsibilities as a member of the UC Merced community, and steps UC is taking to address sexual violence on campus and at work.
If you’re not in immediate danger, find confidential support services on your campus.