Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent (e.g., due to the student’s age or use of drugs or alcohol, or because of an intellectual or another disability that prevents the student from having the capacity to give consent). A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including Rape, Sexual Assault, Sexual Battery, Sexual Abuse and Sexual Coercion. All such acts of Sexual Violence are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
Sexual Assault: Sexual Assault is typically defined as:
Non-Consensual Sexual Contact: Any intentional sexual touching, however slight and with any object or body part, that is without consent (which is usually defined in the universities Title IX policy) and/or by threat, intimidation, coercion, duress, violence, or by causing a reasonable fear of harm. This includes intentional contact with breasts, buttocks, groin, mouth, or genitals, as well as any other intentional bodily contact that occurs in a sexual manner.
Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (Rape): Any sexual penetration or copulation, however slight and with any object or body part that is without consent and/or by force or coercion. Intercourse includes anal or vaginal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger, and oral copulation (mouth and genital/anal contact), no matter how slight the penetration or contact.