What is Sexual Violence


Sexually violent acts are prohibited under the Siena College Sexual Misconduct policy, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery,sexual coercion, and sexual exploitation.

 Sexual violence is defined as:

  • physical sexual acts
  • perpetuated against a person's will
  • or where a person is incapable of giving consent for reasons, including but not limited to, the victim/survivor's age, the victim'/survivor's use of drugs or alcohol or the victim/survivor's inability to give consent due to intellectual or other disability.

The term sexual assault is an offense that meets the definition of rape, fondling, incest, or statutory rape as stated in the uniform crime reporting system of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Sexual coercion is the act of using force, threats, alcohol or drugs and/or using physical, emotional or verbal pressure to have sexual contact with someone against his or her will or where a person is incapable of giving consent for reasons including, but not limited to, the victim/survivor‘s age, the victim/survivor‘s use of drugs or alcohol or the victim‘s inability to give consent due to intellectual or other disability. Sexual contact includes kissing, patting, fondling, oral sex, genital touching, and any other sexual behavior that makes the victim/survivor feel uncomfortable.

Sexual Exploitation occurs when a person takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute another form of sexual misconduct. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to, prostitution, non-consensual video or audio-taping of sexual or other private activity, exceeding the boundaries of consent (e.g., permitting others to hide in a closet and observe consensual sexual activity, videotaping of a person using a bathroom), engaging in voyeurism, or engaging in consensual sexual activity with another person while knowingly infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or other sexually transmitted disease (STD) and without informing the other person of such infection.

Did you know?

  • Sexual violence can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, family upbringing, socio-economic status.
  • Sexual violence can exist in a dating relationship.
  • The majority of victims of sexual violence know the person who has hurt them.
  • Alcohol is the number one date rape drug.
  • Sexual violence is against the law.
  • Sexual violence is antithetical to our Siena values and to our vision of what it means to live and learn in a safe, respectful and inclusive community.
  • Sexual violence is also violation of Siena College’s Code of Conduct. More information about sexual violence can be found in the Sexual Misconduct Policy, which can be found in the Siena Life Student Handbook or online