The staff of the Counseling Center understands students' current awareness and sensitivity
of the crime of sexual assault. We would like to remind you that most sexual assaults
(Criminal Sexual Conduct) are acquaintance-related, although stranger assaults obviously
can and do happen.
The Counseling Center staff can and does see students for counseling and advocacy
who have been sexually assaulted. The Counseling Center is not required by the Federal
Cleary Act to report sexual assault to the authorities but stands ready to refer to
additional resources including law enforcement if the student victim chooses to report.
If you are a Ferris male or female student and wish to see a counselor about a related
issue or problem that is of stress to you, please contact the Counseling Center on
the second floor of the Birkam Health Center (591-5968, Monday-Friday, 8-12 pm & 1-5
Effects Of Rape On Women And Men
It is helpful to receive counseling and treatment after experiencing a sexual assault
to start the healing process and avoid dealing with the trauma in unhealthy ways.
According to The World Report on Violence and Health (WHO, 2002), in the absence of
trauma counseling, negative psychological effects have been known to persist for at
least a year following a rape.
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