exual Assault & Violence Educators

Information on Sexual assault and Domestic Violence


S.A.V.E. is a USG-recognized student group cosponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at CWRU.


To learn more about SAVE or how to support a survivor,
please contact Monica Yost Kiss at monica@case.edu or 216.368.8639






Defining Domestic Violence


cycle of violenceIntimate Partner Violence describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner. this type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy.

Physical violence is when a person hurts or tries to hurt a partner by hitting, kicking, or other types of physical force.

Sexual violence is forcing a partner to take part in a sex act when the partner does not consent.

Threats of physical or sexual violence include the use of words. gestures, weapons, or other means to communicate the intent to cause harm.

Emotional abuse is threatening a partner or his or her possession or loved ones, or harming a partners send of self worth. Examples are stalking, name-calling, intimidation, or not letting a partner see friends or family.

Source: Ko Ling Chan, PhD, Murray A. Straus, PhD, Douglas A. Brownridge, PhD, Agnes Tiwari, PhD, and W. C. Leung, MBBS. "Prevalence of Dating Partner Violence and Suicidal Ideation Among Male and Female University Students Worldwide: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health 53.6 (2008)29-537


Definitions of Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault:

Any unwanted sexual contact. This includes rape, acquaintance rape, incest, forced sodomy, unwanted fondling and kissing, assault with an object, and verbal threats.


Forced sexual intercourse. "force" includes physical force, as well as psychological coercion. Vaginal, oral and anal penetration; attempted rape; and same-sex and opposite-sex forced sexual intercourse are all considered rape.

Acquaintance Rape:

Forced sexual intercourse between people who know each other. When one person forces, coerces, or manipulates someone they know - whether they've known each other for a year or just met - into having sesx against theri will, its still rape. Acquaintance rape is four times more common that stranger rape.


An affirmative, concsious decision - indicated clearly by words or actions - to engage in mutually acceptable sexual activity. Nobody can give consent - legally or ethically  - if they are drunk or high, unconscious, frightened, physically or psychologically pressured or forced, intimidated, mentally or physically impaired, beaten threatened, isolated , confined, or they are considered under-age (based on the state one lives in).

Source: Ohio Criminal Code 2003 - Anderson Publishing Findlaw for Legal Professionals




20%-25% of women in college reported having experienced an attempted or completed rape while in college.1


On Average 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the U.S. In a year, that's more than 12 million women and men.2


90% of college women who are victims of rape or attempted rape know their assailant. The perpetrator is usually a classmate, friend, boyfriend, or ex partner.3


1. Fisher BS, Cullen FT, Turner, MG. 2000. The Sexual Victimization of College Women. U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice, Publication No. NCJ182369

2. National Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2010 Summary Report

3. Acquaintance Rape of College Students Problem-Oriented Guides for Police Series No. 17 www.cops.usdoj.gov


Health Impacts on Victims of Sexual Violence(SV) and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

  • Anger and stress leading to mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Chronic pain, recurrent body aches, leadaches, digestive problems, asthma

  • Coping by engaging in alcohol/drug abuse, disordered eating, or risky secual behaviors

  • Lowe self-esteem. poor body image, istrust of others, relationship problems

  • Physical injuries including cuts.. scratches, buises, welts, broken bones, internal bleeding, head trauma

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (S.T.I.'s) or unintended pregnancy

  • Traum-related symptoms: flashbacks, avoidance, panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, nightmares, feeling nervous/jumpy


On the CWRU Campus

  • Campus Security 216.368.3333 Available 24/7 for emergencies

  • Survivors & Friends Empowerment (SAFE) Line 216.368.7777
    Available to CWRU students 24/7 for privileged and confidential conversations about sexual assault and relationship violence.

  • Flora Stone Mather Center for Women
    216.368.0985 case.edu/provost/centerforwomen

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Center
    216.368.LGBT (5428) case.edu/lgbt

  • University Counseling Services (UCS)
    216.368.5872 student.case.edu/counseling

  • University Health Services (UHS)
    216.368.2450 student.case.edu/health

In the Community

  • Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
    216.619.6192 www.clevelandrapecrisis.org

  • Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center
    216.391.HELP www.dvcac.org

  • National Sexual Assault Hotline
    1.800.656.HOPE 24 hours

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    1.800.799.SAFE 24 hours