Sexual Violence

Sexual Assault: any nonconsensual sexual act, contact or behavior

A sexual act is nonconsensual if it is:

  • inflicted upon someone who cannot grant consent (due to cognitive disability, age, or incapacitation due to drug/alcohol use, etc.)

  • compelled through the use of coercion, intimidation, threats, or physical force

Consent

Consent must be informed (in other words, the person being acted upon must knows what is happening) and mutual (both people need to have input and want to participate in a given sexual act.)

Consent is not implied! Communicaton is important, so talk to your partner about what is comfortable for him or her every step of the way. Pay attention to both verbal and non-verbal communication – the absence of a “no” does not imply consent, nor does a prior sexual relationship. A person who is mentally or physically incapacitated by drugs or alcohol cannot give consent.

Dating Violence (intimate partner violence)

Dating violence occurs in intimate relationships and involves a pattern of behavior in which one person tries to exert power and control over another person. Dating violence can take many forms, including emotional, verbal, sexual, physical, and economic abuse.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship LoveIsRespect.Org is available to help. 

Sexual Harassment

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.

Stalking

Stalking is a pattern of behavior in which one person causes another to feel fear by following, monitoring, or surveilling them. Sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking may occur independently or in tandem with one another.

 

Help prevent sexual assault... here's what YOU can do!

Bystander Intervention

Bystander intervention is a violence prevention strategy that encourages witnesses to take safe action when they see a situation that might lead to situations such as sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence or bullying and to support victims after an incident. Look out for your friends, family and even strangers.

How can I help?

If a something about a situation doesn’t look or feel right you could:

  1. Safely approach and ask if everything is alright.
  2. Use a distraction to separate the potential victim from potential offender.
    • If potential victim is your friend, ask them to come with you to the restroom because it’s an “emergency”, then leave.
    • Tell potential offender that their vehicle is being towed or vandalized.
    • Be creative, but make sure to keep yourself and the potential victim safe!
  3. Ask someone else to intervene (i.e. security guard, manager, friend).

 

Other Resources:

Circle of 6: a free app for both android and iphones to help keep you and your friends safe

“It’s fast, easy-to-use and private. Originally designed for college students to prevent sexual violence, we also know it’s handy for teenagers, parents, friends, or all communities seeking to foster healthy relationships and safety.

Need help getting home? Need an interruption? Two taps lets your circle know where you are and how they can help. Circle of 6 app for iPhone and Android makes it quick and easy to reach the 6 people you choose.” -Circle of 6

 

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