Shepherd University

SU Interpersonal Violence
 Resource Center

Definitions

Sexual Assault - Sexual assault is an act of interpersonal violence that occurs at alarming numbers on college campuses. Victims can be male, female, straight, gay, bisexual or transgender. Sexual Assault, including unwanted sexual intercourse, unwanted sexual intrusion or any form of sexual touching with another person without the consent of that person.

Sexual Harassment - Sexual Harassment is recognized by Shepherd University as a form of Sexual Misconduct that creates an unhealthy learning environment and the university is committed to taking immediate and effective action to address such behaviors. Sexual harassment happens when one person uses sexual words, gestures, looks, or touches that may make another person feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

Relationship Violence (Domestic Violence) -  Violence between people in a relationship is all too common with today’s college students. It usually is a “silent” issue on campuses—it is failed to be reported for various reasons. There are several different kinds of violence or abuse in a relationship: emotional, physical, and sexual, just to name a few. It should be understood that abusive behavior, whether in a long term or dating relationship, is about the abuser obtaining and maintaining power and control over their partner.

Stalking - Serious and threatening behaviors one person can exhibit towards another without any physical contact being present; these actions can make a person feel unsafe in their environment.