Date Rape

Prevent yourself and your friends from becoming victims of a date-rape drug. Often colorless, odorless and tasteless drugs are slipped into drinks, lowering your defenses and making you a target for rape.

  • Never leave your drink unattended
  • Only accept drinks from a bartender or server
  • Use the buddy system, and watch each other's drinks
  • Signs to look for include: dizziness and/or nausea, memory loss, breathing or motion difficulties, and acting too intoxicated for the amount of alcohol consumed.
  • If you think you or a friend has been drugged, seek medical attention immediately.
  • If you think you may have been sexually assaulted - even if you're not sure - contact your local rape crisis center immediately for free, confidential help.

Information provided by New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
www.nyscasa.org

If You Are Sexually Assaulted

Sexual Assault... is an act of violence, a violation of a person's mind and body. In legal terms sexual assault is forced sexual contact, be it through physical force, threat of force, intimidation, or the inability of the victim to give consent. It is against the law and it is against the colleges' codes of conduct.

Unfortunately, sexual assault is all too common. Consider the facts: 1 out of 4 women will be the victim of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime, 1 out of 10 males will be the victim of sexual assault in their lifetime. For women, the risk is 4 times greater for ages 16 to 24 than any other age group. Over half of the victims know their assailant, and most sexual assaults occur in the home of the victim or the assailant and 3 out of 4 rapes involve the use of alcohol.
If you or someone you know is sexually assaulted:

  • Go to a safe place. Call someone you trust. Call the Rape Crisis Hotline (845)452-7272. They'll provide support, advocacy, and will not reveal your identity to anyone.
  • For your own health, it is VERY important that you seek medical attention. The exam will also collect evidence should you opt to press charges. Go to the hospital as soon as possible: do not shower or change your clothes first.
  • You are encouraged to report or file the assault with the police, with campus security, or with the college Office of Judicial Affairs (if the assailant is a student) but no one will pressure you to report it if you don't want to, and all the medical and counseling services you receive are free and completely confidential.
  • Speak with a counselor, either on campus in the Counseling Center or with the Rape Crisis Center. Sexual assault is a traumatic experience, and what happened to you is not your fault. You are not responsible for the behavior of someone else.

For support, advocacy, counseling, and information:

For reporting:

  • Culinary Institute of America Safety & Security - 845-451-1268
  • Dutchess Community College Safety & Security - 845-431-8070
  • Marist College: Office of Judicial Affairs - 845-575-3517
    • Office of Safety and Security - 845-471-1822
  • Vassar College Security - 845-437-5200
  • Town of Poughkeepsie Police - 845-485-3666
  • City of Poughkeepsie Police - 845-451-4000