According to the THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL POLICY ON PROHIBITED DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND RELATED MISCONDUCT Including Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Violence, Interpersonal Violence and Stalking, Sexual assault or sexual violence is “a form of Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment that involves having or attempting to have sexual contact with another individual without consent.”
Please refer to the Policy for extended definitions about Consent, Sexual contact, and Sexual or Gender Based Harassment.
Important things to know and remember about Sexual Violence:
Sexual violence is one of the most underreported crimes. Many survivors of sexual violence suffer in silence, never telling loved ones or reporting the act(s) of violence. Many people who experience sexual violence as children do not tell anyone or get help until they are adults. Survivors may not disclose the sexual violence for many different reasons, including feeling shame, guilt, fear of reprisal from their perpetrator, that no one will believe them, or believing that the violence is their fault. Sexual violence is NEVER the survivor’s fault. Sexual violence is an act that is punishable through the criminal courts, civil courts, and the University’s Grievance process. Deciding to tell someone about the assault can be hard, but it can also be a step towards healing.
If you need immediate help because you have experienced sexual violence, go to the Get Help Now section of this website.
If you would like to connect with someone you can talk to about sexual violence or learn more about resources and reporting options, contact the Gender Violence Services Coordinator, Cassidy Johnson, at 919-962-1343
If you would like to report an incident of sexual violence, please contact the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Ew Quimbaya-Winship, or check out the File a Report page on this website.