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Sexual Assault Awareness

Sexual Assault Awareness & Resources
Miami Dade College (MDC) takes a proactive stance to educate its student body regarding issues of sexual assault and methods of prevention. Students receive sexual assault education at various times.  In compliance with Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VaWa) and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act (Clery Act), MDC is listing available resources and outreach groups to its community.

Understanding Sex-Based Offenses
The College will make available and distribute to its students and employees, information on sexual assault awareness and prevention. In addition, the College will distribute a series of posters designed to educate its students and employees about sexual assault awareness and prevention.

Domestic violence includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person's acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

Dating violence means violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of the relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: length of the relationship, type of relationship, and frequency of interaction between the person involved in the relationship.

Stalking means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress.

Acquaintance rape is a sexual assault crime committed by someone whom the victim knows. It is also called date rape if the crime happens on a date. Being forced into having sex—even if it's by someone you know—is still RAPE and it's a CRIME. Here are some facts:

  • Most sexual assaults are perpetrated by acquaintances of the survivors, not strangers. According to a national study, 77 percent of rape survivors knew their attacker.
  • Most acquaintance rapes happen to women ages 16 to 24.
  • Alcohol is a contributing factor to sexual assault. According to the same study, in 50 percent of all acquaintance rape cases on college campuses, both parties had been drinking; in 75 percent of cases, at least one party had been drinking.

Consent must be obtained for any sexual contact or activity, regardless of prior consent or relationship.
Consent must be freely given in order for there to be consensual sexual activity.Consent can be withdrawn at any time and for any sexual act.

These offenses can include physical, emotional, verbal, economic, mental, and/or sexual abuse. This abuse can be difficult to recognize and even more difficult to know what to do for yourself or a friend. Know that you are not alone.

Sex-based offenses are not crimes of passion nor acts of lovemaking. They are acts of power and control. Survivors of these offenses are not responsible for their assaults; the perpetrator is.

Only about one in 10 rapes are reported to the police; some studies suggest that as many as one in four women will be raped in her lifetime. Men may also be victims of sexual assault; it is estimated that one in 10 men will be sexually assaulted in his lifetime. According to some studies, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men have experienced stalking victimization in their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed. Statistics consistently indicate that 1 in 4 women are beaten or raped by a partner during adulthood.

In the event you have been sexually assaulted on campus, follow these steps:

1. As soon as possible after the assault has occurred, contact your Campus Public Safety Department (see On-Campus Resources below). Public Safety personnel will notify local police authorities upon the request of the victim. Victims, of course, may request anonymity to the extent practicable and permitted by law.

2. Because physical evidence is of utmost importance to help establish proof of criminal assault and/or identify a perpetrator:

  • Do not change your clothing
  • Do not clean your body or clothing
  • Do not disturb or alter the crime scene or area

3. You will be advised to go to the rape treatment center at Jackson Memorial Hospital for a medical examination and treatment of physical injuries. Emotional counseling is available at the Rape Treatment Center or you may choose to see a private counselor.

Remember, a MDC professional staff member (Public Safety Officer, Dean of Students) is available 24/7; for after-hours emergencies, call Public Safety at contact link and 911.

Resources On-Campus
Hialeah Campus Public Safety 

Homestead Campus Public Safety 

InterAmerican Campus Public Safety 

Kendall Campus Public Safety 

Medical Center Campus Public Safety  

North Campus Public Safety 

MDC-West Public Safety 

Wolfson Campus Public Safety 

Jackson Health System 305-585-RAPE (7273)
The Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center

Local Police

  • Miami Dade County Police Department
  • City of Miami Police Department
  • City of Hialeah Police Department
  • City of Homestead Police Department
  • City of Doral Police Department
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools Police Department

The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council of Greater Miami
7 days a week, 24 hours a day:

Web Resources

Not Alone: Together Against Sexual Assault. A new website resource is available to all college campuses. It provides information for students, schools, and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools. Visit the website to find a crisis service, learn more about your rights and how to file a complaint, and view a map of resolved school-level enforcement activities.

PACT5, is a national movement to prevent sexual assaults and rapes in colleges. What is different about PACT5 is that it believes the documentary form, when produced by students, can create powerful stories that can change potentially tragic behavior patterns. Students are the ones who can make a difference in the minds of other students.


An Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection (Florida)

Advocates for Victims


Aventura Police Dept. Victim Services


Center of Info - DV Outreach


Charlee of Dade County


Coral Gables Police Victim Advocate


Community Health of South Dade


Domestic Violence Protection Orders


Florida Freedom Partnership


Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center


Florida Intnl. University Victim Advocacy


Hatian Neighborhood Center


Homestead Police Dept. Victim Assistance


Jewish Family Victim Assistance


Kristi House


Legal Aid Society


Miami-Dade Police Domestic Crimes


Miami Police Dept. Victim Advocates


Miami Beach Domestic Violence Unit


Miami Bridge Central (safehouse)


Muheres Unidas en Justica


North Miami Police Victim Intervention


Opa Locka Police DV Intervention


Safe Space (North Dade Victim Center)


South Dade Victims Center


State Attorney Victim Assistance Unit


US Attorney Victim/Witness Services


Victim Advocacy Center


Victim Response / The Lodge


Victim Services Center


Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.
Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin,
disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or genetic information. Contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs/ADA Coordinator, at 305.237.2577 for information.