What is Sexual Misconduct?

“Sexual misconduct includes any sexual act perpetrated against someone’s will. Sexual violence includes rape, an attempted nonconsensual sex act, abusive sexual contact (i.e., unwanted touching), non-contact sexual abuse (e.g., threatened sexual violence, exhibitionism, verbal sexual harassment), dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. All types involve victims who do not consent, or who are unable to consent due to incapacitation” (St. Lawrence University Safety, Care & Support pamphlet)

Sexual violence of any type is never a victim's fault.

Ask for and give consent: Remember, consent can only be given if both people are clear-headed (not under the influence of drugs or alcohol), give and receive clear verbal and non-verbal cues, and feel no pressure.