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Responding to Victims of Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is sexual contact initiated against a person without consent. Consent can’t be inferred from passivity or silence; nor can a current or previous relationship constitute consent.

Examples of sexual assault include:

  • completed or attempted rape
  • threats of rape
  • sexual coercion
  • unwanted sexual contact with force or threat of force
  • stalking

Although most assaults are committed by men against women, men can be assaulted by women. Additionally same-sex assaults also occur.

  • Expressing judgment even when high-risk behaviors on the part of the victim (e.g., intoxication) were involved.
  • Pressuring the student to file a police report.
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