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What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual Assault can be perpetrated by a stranger or acquaintance. Both men and women can be victims or perpetrators. However, 97% of assaults are committed by men against women. Sexual Assault involves physical contact of a sexual nature which is against one’s will or without one’s consent. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • nonconsensual sexual intercourse or penetration (vaginal, oral, or anal) by any means
  • nonconsensual sexual contact (any touching of intimate body parts with any body part or object without consent)
  • sexual contact with a person while knowing or having reason to know that the person is incapacitated by any means including alcohol or other drugs

Both parties who have the capacity to act freely must receive verbal agreement and positive cooperation for sexual contact to be considered consensual. A verbal "no," even if it may sound indecisive or insincere, constitutes a lack of consent. The absence of a verbal "no" does not mean "yes." Lack of protest does not imply consent.
Consent cannot be given under the following circumstances

  • Unconsciousness or incapacitation (drugs or alcohol)
  • Mental disability or reasonably knowable to a nondisabled sexual partner
  • Physical force, threats, intimidation or coercion

Past consent of sexual activities does not imply ongoing future consent or consent to other forms of sexual activity

Please read The Administrative Policy (TAP) No. 31 - University Policy on Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct.