Consent & Sexual Assault
A good understanding of consent will help provide guidance on how to more safely navigate sexual encounters.
Practicing good consent improves the potential for pleasure and satisfaction for all parties and decreases the chances for sexual assault. For more information, visit “What is Consent?”
What can sexual assault look like?
Sexual assault can take many forms, some of which do not involve penetration. It can range from unwanted sexual contact over the clothes, like touching someone's butt or fondling their breasts, to rape.
Sexual assault can also take subtle forms. If a person uses authority, age, size, or status to coerce another into having sexual contact, sexual assault has occurred. The use of verbal or other threats, either real or implied, to coerce sexual activity is sexual assault.
Failure to stop sexual activity when someone asks for the behavior to stop is sexual assault.
Reporting, Resources, and Support
If you believe that you have been sexually assaulted, you can reach out to a number of resources on and off campus that can help you get safe, understand what happened, and decide whether or not you'd like to report the assault.