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Sexual Assault Awareness Month


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and to recognize the importance of this campaign we have pulled together a collection of selected readings and videos to help inform, educate, and empower members of our community. Click the covers to open the listing in U of L's library catalog.

What is Consent?

Consent is:

  • Freely given. Consenting is a choice you make without pressure, manipulation, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Reversible. Anyone can change their mind about what they feel like doing, anytime. Even if you’ve done it before, and even if you’re both naked in bed.
  • Informed. You can only consent to something if you have the full story. For example, if someone says they’ll use a condom and then they don’t, there isn’t full consent.
  • Enthusiastic. When it comes to sex, you should only do stuff you WANT to do, not things that you feel you’re expected to do.
  • Specific. Saying yes to one thing (like going to the bedroom to make out) doesn’t mean you’ve said yes to others (like having sex).

— Planned Parenthood

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The following handouts published by the NSVRC provide short and simple guides for important aspects of consent.

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National Resources

National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline | RAINN

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood health centers provide reproductive health care and information about STDs, birth control, abortion, emergency contraception (morning-after pill), and more. Find a health center online or call 1-800-230-PLAN.


1in6 provides information and support for men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences and their loved ones. For 24/7 chat support or information about ongoing chat support groups, visit

Despite its name, provides information that is relevant to people of all genders, not just women. The Email Hotline will provide legal information to anyone who reaches out with legal questions or concerns regarding domestic violence, sexual violence, or any other related topic.


If you need immediate help for a crisis situation related to Partner Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking or Harassment, please call ULPD at 502-852-6111 or a 24 crisis line at (502) 581-7222 to speak with a trained crisis counselor.

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