Campuses throughout the country, including UNC-CH, are impacted by discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, interpersonal violence and stalking. These types of behavior limit our ability as students, faculty and staff to be actively engaged in campus life. When we address these behaviors, hold people accountable for their actions, and restore justice to those who have been affected, we can create a thriving community for living, learning and working.
On this website, you may notice the words victim and survivor used interchangeably. Some people who have experienced violence or harassment use the word victim, but some people prefer the word “survivor.” The word “survivor” denotes that the person has survived a difficult and likely traumatic life experience. Most people do not like to think of themselves as victims, and it can be empowering for someone to refer to themselves as a survivor instead.
Harassment and violence can be perpetrated by a partner or ex-partner, an acquaintance, or a stranger, though the latter occurs the least frequently. Violence occurs in same-sex relationships and different-sex relationships, during or after a relationship is over. This CDC infographic describes victimization of sexual and intimate partner violence by gender and race.