Sexual Violence & Gender-Based Harm

Sexual Assault

For detailed information regarding sexual assault please visit the USC Sexual Assault Resource Center web pages. The SARC website covers first steps to take if you are assaulted, definitions of consent, your reporting options, your rights and other helpful information.

For immediate assistance in case of a sexual assault, please call the on-call counselor at Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services to discuss medical options, reporting options, and emotional support:  (213) 740-4900 (press “0″ after-hours).

For immediate medical support after an assault, you can visit Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center or LAC+USC Violence Intervention Program. Please note that a Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services counselor can accompany you, and it is recommended you speak with a confidential counselor to guide you through this process (213) 740-4900.

Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center
1250 Sixteenth Street
Santa Monica, California 90404
(310) 319-4000

LAC+USC Violence Intervention Program
2010 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 226-3961

To report through the USC Title IX Office, please contact Office for Equity and Diversity, (213) 740-5086.


According to USC policy, sexual assault is defined as any actual or attempted non-consensual physical sexual act including, but not limited to, intercourse, penetration using a body part or object, fondling, groping or sexual contact. Sexual assault includes but is not limited to non-consensual sexual intercourse. Sexual assault occurs where:

    • There is no affirmative, conscious, and voluntary consent, or consent is not freely given;
    • Physical force, threats, coercion or intimidation is used to overpower or control another, or the person assaulted fears that he or she, or another person, will be injured or otherwise harmed if he or she does not submit; or
    • There is no ability to give or withhold consent due to incapacitation, whether due to the influence of alcohol or other drugs, age or mental incapacity, or unconsciousness.

General Terminology:

    • Sexual and gender-based harm includes violence that disproportionately affects a person or group based on gender, and may be linked to gendered expectations and/or power dynamics.
    • Power-based violence occurs when a person uses the assertion of power, control, intimidation, and/or coercion to harm another person.

In an emergency, call DPS (213-740-4321) or LAPD (911). If you’re calling on a cellular phone, be sure that you can describe your location accurately.

Helpful Telephone Numbers:

    • Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services: (213) 740-4900
    • Department of Public Safety- Emergency: (213) 740-4321
    • Student Counseling Services: (213) 740-7711
    • Staff/Faculty Counseling Services: Center for Work and Family Life: (213)-821-0800
    • Los Angeles Police Department – Emergency: 911 Threat Management Unit: (213) 485-7576
    • Campus Cruiser (Escort Service) UPC: (213) 740-4911 HSC: (323) 442-2100
    • Peace Over Violence Self-Defense (213) 955-9098


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