Be Aware

Unfortunately, violence is pervasive with a grave impact in our community and around the world. No one under any circumstances deserves to be abused physically, sexually, or emotionally. You are not alone, and resources are available to you. 

Sexual Assault

Sexual violence is a crime punishable by both civil and criminal action and is a serious violation of The College of St. Scholastica's community standards. No person at any time for any reason deserves to be sexually abused in any manner.

Sexual assault/violence offences include: sexual harassment, sexual expliotation, non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual penetration.

Domestic, Dating, and Intimate Partner Violence

This is a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over another. Abusive relationships are built on power, control, and fear rather than communication, respect, and mutual understanding. Domestic/Dating/Intimate Partner Violence occurs regardless of a person's race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or other aspects of a person's identity and culture.

According to the CDC, there are four main types of intimate partner violence: physical violence, sexual violence, threats of physical or sexual violence, and psychological/emotional violence. Stalking, sexual misconduct, and sexual harassment are also often components of IPV.

Stalking

Stalking is defined as patterns of behaviors or acts used by a person to harass, threaten, or intimidate another that places a person in fear of their safety. The variety of behaviors displayed by stalkers is limited only by the creativity of the stalker him/herself.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is any unwanted verbal sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can occur in the workplace, school, and other settings such as public transportation, shopping malls, community events, social gatherings, places of worship, health care facilities and can create an intimidating or hostile environment for the victim. The perception of the victim, not the intent of the harasser, determines whether particular words or actions are harassing.

Sexual harassment usually involves the misuse of an individual's authority or power that impacts others with whom they live or work. The EEOC recognizes three forms of sexual harassment: Quid Pro Quo Harassment, Hostile Environment, and Retaliatory Harassment.