COVID-19 Information

We hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. CARE recognizes the additional hurdles created for survivors by the COVID-19 health crisis, in particular survivors who may be exposed to an increased risk of domestic violence. The need for resources and support has never been greater for our community.

CARE remains available and operational to provide support services to all UC Davis students, staff, and faculty. However, to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are providing services remotely. To speak with a confidential advocate, please email us at ucdcare@ucdavis.edu.

You can also reach us by calling (530) 752-3299. During business hours (Monday-Friday between 8-5 pm) please leave a message and the advocate will call you back promptly. Should you call after hours, you are welcome to leave a message that will be returned the next business day or select the option to be connected with a confidential counselor.

Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault is any sex act attempted or completed without consent.

 

Sexual assault is an umbrella term used to describe any unwanted sex act. If any of the following are attempted or completed without consent, a sexual assault has occurred:

  • Vaginal sex

  • Anal sex

  • Oral sex

  • Touching of the breasts, buttocks, or genitals (over clothes or skin-to-skin)

  • Penetration with a foreign object (i.e. fingers, sex toys, etc.)

If a sexual assault took place in the last 5 days, please contact the on-call CARE Advocate at (866) 515-0155 immediately.

Survivors of sexual assault are diverse with regard to gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, ability, and all other individual identities.  While sexual assault can happen to anyone, folks within marginalized communities tend to be disproportionately affected by violence and abuse.

“Date Rape” or “Acquaintance Rape”
There is no difference between “date rape” and rape. Rape is also not the only form of sexual assault. Most sexual assault survivors know the perpetrator. The definitions of sexual assault do not change just because the perpetrator was a non-stranger. Sexual assault can be committed by anyone, including a friend, acquaintance, family member, spouse, date, or stranger.

“What if I was drinking?”
Often times, survivors may blame themselves because they were drinking or using drugs at the time of the assault. However, sexual assault is never the survivor’s fault, even if they were intoxicated when the assault took place.

Additionally, being drunk is never an excuse for committing criminal acts, including sexual assault.

Immunity/Amnesty: Both law enforcement and the University officials understand that being under the influence at the time of the assault may inhibit survivors from reporting. Any disclosure of voluntary use of drugs or alcohol by the survivor or the witness will not be used to punish the survivor or any witnesses.

Please visit the UC Davis Sexual Violence Website to learn more about the UCD policy on sexual assault