Project D.A.T.E. is a peer education, date or acquaintance rape prevention program sponsored by University Counseling Services and Strength United. Peer educators of Project D.A.T.E. make classroom presentations that are designed to achieve the following.
- Educate students of the psychological and cultural issues related to rape
- Inform students of the legal and medical issues related to rape
- Develop awareness of the issue of rape and ways to prevent rape
As part of this project, peer educators develop public speaking, communication and leadership skills.
Facts about date rape
- Eighty-five percent of rapes that occur on college campuses are committed by someone with whom the victim is acquainted.
- Fifty percent of rapes of college women are committed on dates.
- Twenty-five percent of all college women report experiencing acquaintance rape or attempted rape.
- Ninety-five percent of all rapes occur when the rapist, victim or both are under the influence of alcohol.
- Rape is an act of violence.
- Of those cases that are reported, women ranging in age from 18 to 24 are at greatest risk of being raped.
Promoting a rape free environment at CSUN
Guidelines for women
- Avoid the use of alcohol and other drugs. Be aware that some men may use alcohol as a means of coercing you to do things you may not want to do, and alcohol may enhance aggressive tendencies in males.
- Pay attention to what is happening around you. Watch for nonverbal cues.
- Trust your intuition. If you feel that you are being pressured in any way, you probably are and you should leave the situation.
- Be assertive. Sometimes men interpret not responding as permission. Be direct and firm with someone who is sexually pressuring you.
- Communicate your limits clearly and early. If you mean no, say "NO" firmly. If he persists, then leave.
- Know your sexual desire limits. You have the right to set limits. If you are not sure what you want, it's ok to stop and think about it.
Guidelines for men
- Avoid the use of alcohol and other drugs. Even if you are drunk, you are legally accountable for your behavior by the state law.
- It is your responsibility to know all of the forms of sexual misconduct. Touching can be a form of sexual assault.
- Be aware of social pressures. It's ok not to "score."
- Understand that the other person may not share your desire for intimate contact or for sex.
- Don't assume that previous sexual contact applies to the current situation.
- If you're unsure about your partner's desires, then ask.
- Don't assume that just because a womn dresses in a sexy manner she wants to have intimate contact.
- Remember that no means no.
The following services are available 24 hours a day.
- Emergency services: 911
- Department of Police Services dispatch: (818) 677-2111
- Strength United: (818) 886-0453 or (661) 253-0258
- Pacific Asian Rape and Battering Hotline: (213) 653-4042
- Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center: (310) 319-4000
- L. A. Commission on Assaults Against Women (LACAAW): (213) 955-9090
Opening hours may vary. Check the following website for more information.
- Klotz Student Health Center: (818) 677-3666
- CSUN Women's Center: (818) 677-2780
Matador Patrol: (818) 677-5042 or (818) 677-5048. The safety escort service is available from dusk to 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
If you are interested in becoming a Project D.A.T.E peer educator, submit an application. For further queries about Project D.A.T.E., please contact (818) 677-7723.