Sexual Misconduct Prevention

Sexual Abuse & Consequences

Remember these things every time you have sex:

The person with whom you engage in a sexual act is someone’s child, sibling, and future partner and parent. We should commit to the words above – “Do No Harm” –ensure you have consent to act.

There are lasting effects of sexual assault for the victim/survivor:

  • Depression
  • Self-Harm/Self-Injury
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • STI and/or Pregnancy
  • Flashbacks
  • Sleep and/or Eating Disorders
  • Suicide

The costs far outweigh any “satisfaction” coming from acting on arousal, instead of on consent. Those costs potentially include:

  • Being listed as a registered sex offender
  • Criminal conviction with jail time
  • Expulsion from the college/university
  • Knowing that you forever changed someone else’s life and your own

Defining Sexual Abuse

Sexual harassment is defined as the unwelcome, unreciprocated imposition of sexual attention, usually in the context of a relationship of unequal power.

Sexual assault or rape is defined as an act of sexual contact or penetration with a person without his/her consent. A person commits criminal sexual assault if he or she:

  • Commits an act of sexual penetration by use of force or threat of force; or
  • Commits an act of sexual penetration and the accused victim is unable to understand the nature of the act or was unable to give consent.

It is extremely important to make sure both partners are fully conscious and are equally free to act. Do not have sex with a partner who is drugged, intoxicated, passed out, or incapable of saying “no.”

Listen carefully to what your partner is saying, and if you are receiving mixed messages, make sure you get clarification. No means no! If your partner says no to sexual contact then stop. Never use force in a sexual situation.

There are many types of sexually abusive behavior.

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