What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity that a person does not agree to, including inappropriate touching; vaginal, anal, or oral penetration; sexual intercourse that a person says no to; rape; attempted rape; harassment; exposing/flashing; forcing a person to pose for sexual pictures; or child molestation. Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention. A common form of sexual assault is rape. It is committed in many situations — on a date, by a friend or an acquaintance, or by a stranger. Rape and sexual assault are never the victim’s fault — no matter where or how it happens.
What is Domestic and Dating Violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in ANY type of relationship, and dating violence is abusive behavior in a romantic relationship, whether same-sex or opposite-sex, to try gain control or power over the other person. Domestic and dating violence do not discriminate and can happen regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. The abuse in both domestic and dating violence relationships can be physical, emotional/verbal, sexual, or even economical. If you find yourself in an abusive relationship, either domestic or dating, or if you know a student who is struggling in one of these relationships, reach out for help and support, knowing you do not have to carry this fear, blame, hurt, guilt, isolation or anxiety alone. On campus you can find support by calling 974-HELP, UT Police (974-3114), or the Dean of Students Office (974-3179), and off campus you can reach out to the Family Justice Center by calling their 24/7 hotline at (865) 521-6336.
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What is Stalking?
Stalking is a pattern of unwanted, unsolicited behavior, occurring on two or more occasions, toward a specific individual that may cause that person to feel fearful, scared, distressed, and harassed. The person being stalked may also feel threatened and in danger. This contact or behavior is not consensual and requests for the behavior or contact to stop are often disregarded. It is possible to be stalked by a stranger, but more often it is someone known to the person. If you believe that you are being stalked or know a student who is being stalked, reach out for help and support. On campus you can call 974-HELP, UT Police (974-3114), or the Dean of Students Office (974-3179).