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Dating Violence: Types of Abuse
Sexual Assault
Rohypnol Information
Sexual Assault Resources

Healthy Relationships should include:

  • Trust and support
  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Shared responsibility
  • Equality
  • Always feeling safe

Warning signs of Dating Violence

  • Extreme jealousy and possessiveness
  • Controlling attitudes and behaviors
  • Drastic mood swings
  • Explosive anger
  • Feeling dependent upon the other
  • Alcohol and drug use (especially when it causes a person’s behavior to change)

 

 

Dating Violence: Types of Abuse

Physical Abuse

  • Pushing or shoving you
  • Slapping or hitting you
  • Kicking or punching you
  • Restraining you by force
  • Choking you
  • Throwing objects at you
  • Twisting your arm
  • Threatening you with weapons or force

Emotional Abuse

  • Ignoring your feelings
  • Constantly criticizes you
  • Make all decisions for you
  • Controls your actions
  • Ridicules you or your beliefs 
  • Makes you feel bad about yourself

Sexual Abuse

  • Forcing you to engage in sexual activity against your will
  • Touching you in an uncomfortable way
  • Minimizing your feelings about sex

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Sexual Assault

  • 1 in 4 college women have experienced some form of sexual violence
  • "84%" of rapes are committed by friends, dates, coworkers etc

IF YOU HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED, KNOW THAT IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT AND YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

If you have been sexually assaulted:

  • Right away (before bathing, douching, or changing your clothes) get a medical exam to check for injuries, STDs or pregnancy.
  • Talk to someone about it-the longer you ignore it, the longer it will take for you to recover.
  • Take care of yourself-allow your body to physically  and emotionally heal from this trauma.

If you know someone who has been sexually assaulted:

  • Listen to them and believe them.
  • Encourage them to take care of themselves (see above).
  • Reassure them that it was not their fault.
  • Provide them with as much support as possible.

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Rohypnol Information (Roofies)

Have you been watching your drink closely throughout the night?
If you haven’t been, who has?

Is there a chance, ROOFIES could have been secretly dropped into your drink?

Rohypnol, more commonly referred to as Roofies, Ruffies, Mexican Valium, or The Forget Pill, is being used on college campuses and in bars to rape unsuspecting victims.  These tasteless  and odorless pills dissolve quickly into drinks and produce effects in 30-60 minutes.

Symptoms May Include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Impaired motor skills
  • Temporary amnesia
  • Impaired judgment
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Unconsciousness
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • And, when coupled with alcohol or drugs, can even result in death!

Due to these symptoms, especially unconsciousness and  temporary amnesia, many have found themselves the next  morning in a strange place and as victims of sexual assault! If you even suspect you have received Roofies, seek help immediately!

  • Emergency: 911
  • BC Police: 552-4444
  • BC Sexual Assault Hotline: 552-BC11
  • Health Services: 552-3227
  • Rape Crisis Center: 492-7273
  • Brigham & Women’s ER: 732-5636

Tips to stay safe

  • Watch your drink
  • Don’t accept drinks from strangers
  • Don’t drink from a punch bowl or common source
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended

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Sexual Assault Resources

BOSTON COLLEGE
Health Services
Cushing 119
(617) 552-3225

Counseling Services
Gasson, Suite 001
(617) 552-3310

Sexual Assault Network
552-2211

Boston College Police Department
Emergency--(617) 552-4444

Campus Ministry
McElroy Rm 233,
(617) 552-3475

Women’s Resource Center
McElroy 141
(617) 552-3489

HOTLINES AND HELPLINES
Mass. Coalition for Battered Women Service Groups
1-800-799-SAFE or 617-248-0922

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
617-492-7273

Battered Women’s Hotline
617-661-7203

Casa Myrna Vazquez
617-521-0100

New England Learning Center for Women in Transition
413-772-0806 (24 hours)

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
1-800-656-HOPE

WEBSITE RESOURCES


The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

Mass Commission on the Status of Women

 

 

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