The campus rape epidemic is real, but it’s all in your head.
Here are five things to keep in mind when you’re faced with a campus rape hoax.
It’s a hoax.
The hoax isn’t the crime.
But you may have heard that it is, or been told by others that it was.
It can be frustrating to know that this isn’t really true, but just a hoax, says the National Association for College Admission Counseling, which helps people navigate campus sexual assault.
The problem is, the campus rape issue has a history of perpetuating false claims, especially if they come from a well-meaning, but uneducated source.
You have options.
You may not be able to escape the reality that the hoax exists.
This is especially true if you’re a victim of the hoax, and have to take the steps to deal with the consequences of the crime, says Julie R. Smith, a professor at the University of Illinois.
In that case, it’s important to educate yourself about the consequences.
If you have been the victim of campus rape, consider calling your university or calling the police.
You’re not alone.
If a campus has a campus crisis center, you can call that directly, as the campus is not alone in dealing with sexual violence, says Smith.
You can make a difference.
You don’t have to be a victim.
You just have to put yourself in a position to help someone else.
This means you’re also a good option for getting support from other students and colleagues, she says.
You should call the police, too.
The fact that this is a hoax isn’s only benefit.
It may be a tough moment for some, but if you can get help and do something, you might be able keep your job, says Amy Breslin, director of counseling at the National Center for Women and Gender Equity.
In fact, the College Fix recently profiled two men who found themselves facing a campus crime after being accused of sexual assault, which led to a campus emergency response.
You know you’ve been a victim when you can’t get the courage to go to the police and report it.
That’s the most important thing.