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What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual Misconduct:  Sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual coercion. 

Sexual Violence:  Sexual intercourse or sexual contact with a person without his or her consent or when the person is incapable of giving consent.

Sexual Harassment:  Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and may include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

Domestic Violence: 

  • Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault, between family or household members
  • Sexual assault of one family or household member by another
  • Stalking of one family or household member by another family or household member

Dating Violence:  A type of domestic violence, except the acts specified are committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.  In determining if such a relationship exists, the following factors are considered:

  • the length of time the relationship has existed
  • the nature of the relationship
  • the frequency of interaction between the parties involved in the relationship

Stalking:  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
  • suffer substantial emotional distress

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