Sexual assault is a serious problem on college campuses. Females ages 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault (2000 National Crime Victim Survey). Although unwanted sexual contact is against the law, only about 16% of rapes are reported to law enforcement. Holding sex offenders accountable for their criminal acts can give victims a sense of justice and helps protect the community by lowering the chances of sex offenders reoffending.
If you have been sexually assaulted and have questions about reporting it to the police, you can contact the UWPD Victim Advocate at 206.543.9337. The advocate can answer questions about what you can expect from the criminal justice system. You can also read the following information provided by The Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress: Click here
If you are a student, you can speak confidentially with a specialist at the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Information Service (SARIS).
Sexual Assault Protection OrderAnyone who has experienced the legal definition of sexual assault can petition for a sexual assault protection order in Municipal, District or Superior Court. The law defines “sexual assault” as:
There is no cost for a sexual assault protection order.
For more information on Sexual Assault Protection Orders visit the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs Web site or contact the UWPD Victim Advocate at 206.543.9337.
Sexual Assault Resources
Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress: 206.744.1600; 206.744.1616 TDD
King County Sexual Assault Resource Center: 1.888.99.VOICE (86423); 425.271.6332 TTY line during office hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Information Service (SARIS): 206.685.4357
Sexual Violence Law Center: 206.624.0621
UWPD Victim Advocate: 206.543.9337
The university is committed to providing its faculty and staff with an environment conducive to the pursuit of knowledge. Conduct constituting a sexual offense, whether forcible or nonforcible, such as rape, assault, forcible fondling or sexual harassment, is not tolerated.
When they occur in the workplace, rape and other forcible or nonforcible sex offenses may result in a variety of disciplinary actions, including suspension or termination from the university. In cases involving an alleged sexual offense, the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary hearing. Both the accuser and accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding as a result of an alleged sexual assault.
The Washington State Criminal Code (Title 9A RCW) defines rape as engaging in sexual intercourse with another person
1) by forcible compulsion; or
2) when the victim is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless or mentally incapacitated (e.g., when the victim has consumed alcohol and/or other drugs, either voluntarily or involuntarily); or
3) when the victim does not consent to sexual intercourse with the perpetrator and such lack of consent was clearly expressed by the victim's words or conduct.
In some instances, the victim may know the assailant, but often does not realize the incident meets the legal definition of rape. Acquaintance rape may fall into any of the following categories: first and second degree rape are Class A felonies punishable under the Washington State Criminal Code by up to life in prison and/or a $50,000 fine; and third degree rape is a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
If you are sexually assaulted, resources are available on and off campus to help you.
Sexual assault, including date/acquaintance rape, is a very serious concern of this police department. The University of Washington Police Department has adopted the following commitment when responding to sexual assault. If you feel you are a victim of a sexual assault on campus, the police department will guarantee the following:
If you are a victim of sexual assault, call the University of Washington Police Department at
685.UWPD (8973) (any time of day or night) to make a complaint privately.
Call a friend or someone you trust for support and seek medical attention at once since all injuries are not readily apparent. Do not bathe, douche, change or wash your clothes--it is important to preserve evidence in case you decide to press charges.
If you are the victim of a sexual assault off campus, call the Seattle Police Department.
You are encouraged to seek help in coping with the aftermath of the assault and in exploring and arranging for counseling. There are also many off-campus resources that have physicians and counselors trained in sexual-assault trauma and offer treatment, information, support and referral.