According to the THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL POLICY ON PROHIBITED HARASSMENT, INCLUDING SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, AND DISCRIMINATION, “Sexual misconduct refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person without their Consent or where a person is incapable of giving Consent due to the person’s use of drugs, alcohol, or other impairing substances. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.”
Who experiences sexual violence?
Sexual violence does not discriminate and it is never the victim’s/survivor’s fault.
Sexual violence is often used as a way to hurt, humiliate or gain control over someone else.
These actions may be committed by boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, acquaintances, family, lovers, partners, and strangers. Sexual assault and rape affect people of all ages, races, genders, sexualities, and abilities.The fact that someone has been intimate with a partner in the past does not mean he/she/ze consents to any/all future sexual activity with that partner.
Even though sexual assault is often associated with women, men and children of all ages also experience unwanted sexual contact. People are most at risk between 12-34 years of age, with risk peaking in the late teens.
Many survivors of sexual assault suffer in silence, never reporting it to the police. This happens for many different reasons, including feelings of shame, guilt, or fear of reprisal from their attacker. Many people sexually assaulted as children do not tell anyone or get help until they are adults. Many offenders never go to jail. But sexual assault is an illegal act that is punishable through the criminal justice courts and the University’s Grievance Committee.
Deciding to tell someone about the assault might be hard, but is also can be empowering. If you come forward, you will be supported.
If you would like more information about any form of Interpersonal Violence, including sexual assault, stalking, or abusive relationships, contact Title IX Coordinator, Christi Hurt, or Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Ew Quimbaya-Winship, or check out our resource page.