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A Peer Education & Prevention Project

Did you know...

  • 85% of rapes occur on college campuses are committed by someone with whom the victim is acquainted.

  • 50% of rapes of college women are committed on dates.

  • 25% of all college women report experiencing acquaintance rape or attempted rape.

  • 95% of all rapes occur when the rapist, victim, or both are under the influence of alcohol.

  • rape is an ACT OF VIOLENCE

Of hose cases that are reported, women ranging in age from 18-24 are at greatest risk of being raped

What is the DATE project all about?

DATE project is a date/ acquaintance rape prevention program sponsored by University Counseling Services and Valley trauma center.

Peer Educators of DATE Project make classroom presentations that are designed to:

  • 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 skills, communication skills, and leadership skills.


Promoting a RAPE FREE Environment for Cal State Northridge Students.

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 intution.If you feel that you are being pressured in any way ,you probably are. LEAVE
  • 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, LEAVE.
  • Know your sexual desires 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 and/or for sex.
  • Don't assume that previous sexual contact applies to the current situation.
  • If you're unsure about your partner's desires, ASK.
  • Don't assume that just because a women dresses in a "sexy" manner she wants to have intimate contact.
  • Remember: NO means NO


24 Hr availability

University Police: 911

Valley Trauma Center: (818) 886-0453(V/TTY), (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) 626-3393

On Campus Resources

University Counseling Services(Regular Business Hours) : (818) 677- 2366

Student Health Center: (818) 677-2366 ,TTY (818) 677-3692

Cal State Northridge Women's Center: (818) 677-2780

On campus Safety Escort Service: (818) 677-5042/5048

(available from dusk to 11 p.m. weekday nights)


For further queries or Application forms contact:

University Counseling Services
Student Services Bldg., Room 520
(818) 677-2366
(818) 677-7834 TTY


To make an appointment or to get info on any of our programs, call us at (818) 677-2366 (TTY users call (818) 677-7834) between the 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. We are open until 7:00 PM Tuesdays and Wednesdays during regular fall and spring semesters.

Our offices are in Room 520 (5th floor) in the Student Services Building, on Etiwanda Ave. near Vincennes Ave. Click here for campus map.

Email Us

We want to hear from you! Send your questions, comments or suggestions to You will receive a personal response to your e-mail from one of our counselors. UCS does not offer therapy by e-mail. Problems and concerns of a sensitive nature are best dealt with on a face-to-face basis with one of our counselors.

Our Staff

Our professional counseling staff includes licensed psychologists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists. We also have predoctoral psychology interns, and psychiatric residents whose work is closely supervised by our licensed staff. Click here for a list of staff members.

Take Note

Academic counseling and advising is handled by your major department. For a list of advising centers, click here.

If you have not yet declared your major, contact The Advising Resource Center at 818.677.2108

The DATE project is coordinated by:

Valley Trauma Center
7116 Sophia Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91406
818.756.5330 (office)

The Adult Re-Entry Program is coordinated by:

The Career Center (CSUN)
University Hall, First Floor, Rm 105
Ross Berg, 818.677.2385
Ginny Hein, 818.677.3080

Get Involved

Want to get involved? UCS sponsors several student-run programs like JADE, HelpLine, Suicide Prevention Project and Project ACT where you can learn a lot and help others, too. Be sure to ask about getting course credit for your participation.

Everybody's Welcome

University Counseling Services adheres to the CSUN policy of non-discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, age, disability, marital status, religion or sexual orientation.

Lots of people who want to talk to a counselor are a little unsure about it. They think if they do, it means they're "sick" or "weak," or they're concerned about keeping it private. All counseling at UCS is confidential. Got questions? Click here for information about talking to a counselor.