Sexual Harassment and Assault

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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What is Sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is coerced, unethical and/or unwanted sexual attention which includes verbal harassment and suggestions, rape, and sexual assault. Legally, sexual harassment is viewed in terms of the impact of the behavior, not the intent of the alleged perpetrator. If you have been hassled or touched in any way and you did not consent, this is considered harassment.

  • Victims and harassers can be of any age, gender, or orientation, and can be of the same gender.
  • If conduct is unwelcome or perceived as harassment, then it IS harassment.

(U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)

What is the difference between sexual assault and rape?

Sexual assault is non-consensual sexual conduct, excluding rape. Any unwanted touching of a person’s genitalia or ‘sexual’ areas qualifies as sexual assault, and can be initiated or experienced by those of every age, gender and orientation.

Rape is non-consensual intercourse under the condition of violence, duress, menace, or fear of injury. Rape can be initiated or experienced by those of every age, gender and orientation. (UC Berkeley Gender Equity)

What are date rape drugs?

A date rape drug is any substance used to render a person intoxicated or compromised for the purpose of committed rape. These substances are often given without the person’s knowledge, for instance by being slipped into a drink. Commonly the drug reduces the person’s ability to exercise judgment, such as making a decision whether or not to engage in sex. (UC Berkeley Gender Equity)

Did you Know?

  • 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted in college (White House Council Sexual Assault Report)
  • 4 of 5 rape victims subsequently suffer from chronic physical or psychological conditions (National Criminal Justice Reference Service)
  • Rape survivors are 13 times more likely to attempt suicide than are individuals who have not been the victim of a crime (AAUW)

Some things to remember…

  • Sexual innuendos, suggestive sounds, and humor about sex are all considered harassment.
  • When you are with a group of people, never accept any drugs or drinks if you do not know exactly what is in them. Avoid sharing drinks, punch bowls, or going home with anyone you do not know if either of you has been drinking.
  • If you are being harassed in any way, make it clear to the individual that the behavior is unwelcome and must stop.
  • If you have been harassed or assaulted, speak to someone immediately. A trusted friend, an advisor, any faculty or staff member in a CCRI SafeZone, or members of the campus police can help you with the resources you need to take care of yourself.
  • Remember, sexual harassment or assault is never the victim’s fault – it is a crime. Check out the following link to see what we mean: https://www.facebook.com/Upworthy/videos/1291355670905288/

Consent

In case you have any doubts about what sexual assault is or is not, it is important for you to know that if sexual conduct does not happen within the context of expressed and specific consent, it is assault. Check out this YouTube video for more info…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD2EooMhqRI

Proactive Bystander

Most of the members of the CCRI community are neither perpetrators nor victims of sexual assault. Want to know more about what you could do as a Bystander?

Downloadable-Bystander-Poster
Infographic created by Campus Answers

Need more info or help?

CCRI College Police

Rhode Island Department of Health

Day One, Sexual Assault crisis helpline 800-494-8100

CCRI student handbook


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Last Updated: 3/29/17