What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual Assault is any sex act or sexual contact (including penetration) against someone’s will, without consent, or when someone is unable to freely give consent. In most sexual assaults, no weapons are used except for force. Force can include the use of verbal, physical or emotional pressure or manipulation, substances, threats, coercion and/or the use of alcohol or other drugs.
Some lesser known examples of sexual assault include voyeurism, exhibitionism, and sexual harassment. Sexual Assault can occur in different situations such as in an isolated place, on a date, at a party, or in the home of you or someone that you know. Sexual assault may be committed by a stranger, however, it is most often perpetrated by someone that the victim knows.
Sexual assault and all forms of sexual violence are NEVER a victim’s fault and help is available.
What can the Wake Forest community do to prevent sexual assault?
- Expect everyone in the Wake Forest community to treat others with respect.
- Don’t be afraid to speak up and provide constructive criticism when you see behaviors that are not respectful.
- Reject stereotypes that paint sexual assault survivors as passive and helpless and that reinforce the gender binary and stereotypes.
- Oppose any bias of racial stereotypes when it comes to sexual assault.
- Communicate your boundaries to your partner(s) and make sure you clarify theirs as well.
- Get involved with P.R.E.P.A.R.E. and SAFE office prevention efforts on campus and in the community.
- Become a responsible and active bystander by intervening whenever you see a peer trying to take advantage of another peer.
- Talk to your peers about why it is important to be aware of disrespectful behaviors and to take action when you see it enacted.