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Sexual Assault & Anti-Violence Information


A vocal and clear "Yes" to an invitation for further sexual play or activity. Body language and the lack of a "No" cannot be assumed as permission.

"I should have known this would happen because he kept making jokes about it."

"I was too scared to say anything so I didn't, that makes it my fault."

It's very common for survivors of sexual violence to feel guilty and try taking the blame for their assault. For so long now victims have been socially implied as responsible because they were either in an unsafe place, they missed red flags along the way, they were drinking, they were wearing seductive clothing, or they had already engaged sexually with the person who assaulted them.

The truth is:

When someone proceeds sexually with another through physical force, manipulation, intimidation, pressure, or simply without verbal consent they are committing sexual assault and it's their own active choice. Forgetting or feeling unable to do something to protect yourself does not make you the person who chose to violate another and commit a crime. For example: If someone forgets to lock their front door when they go grocery shopping and come home to find their stuff stolen the burglar is still the one who committed the crime. Remember this when your friend or loved one asks for your support.

Sexual Pressure

The unwelcome and consistent attempt to wear down someone's resistance to sexual activity or conversation. Sexual Pressure is a red flag in relationships.

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  • Sexual Harassment

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

    For assistance with a sexual harassment situation:

    Contact Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Office