What is Sexual Violence

 

Sexually violent acts are prohibted under the Siena College Human Rights policy, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

 Sexual violence is defined as:

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

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’s age, the victim’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 feel uncomfortable.

The term sexual assault refers to offenses classified as a forcible or nonforcible sex offence under the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, forcible fondling, incest and statutory rape.

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 learnin 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 Human Rights Policy and Procedures, which can be found in the Siena Life Student Handbook or online