Sexual violence includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism, degrading sexual imagery, distribution of sexual images or video without consent, cyber harassment and cyber stalking, but it isn’t limited to those activities. Sexual assault is an act of violence and power over another person.
University of Windsor Develops Policy on Sexual Misconduct
The University of Windsor is committed to doing all it can to provide a safe environment within which to study, work, and pursue social and personal interests. Up until recently, the University has had policies and bylaws that articulate our objectives regarding a safe environment, and that have included in their scope all forms of academic and non-academic misconduct, workplace harassment and human rights violations. The University of Windsor has now adopted a stand-alone Policy on Sexual Misconduct.
The University will review this policy at least once every three years and amend it as appropriate.
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Sexual activity without consent is sexual assault.
Consent is never assumed or implied.
Consent is not silence or the absence of “no”.
Consent cannot be given if the victim is impaired by alcohol or drugs, or is unconscious.
Consent can never be obtained through threats or coercion.
Consent can be revoked at any time.
Consent cannot be obtained if the perpetrator abuses a position of trust, power or authority.
Consent to one kind or instance of sexual activity does not mean that consent has been given to any other sexual activity or instance.
Sexual assault can be perpetrated by strangers, but 90 percent of assailants are known to the victim (Fisher, Cullen, & Turner 2000). Assailants can be co-workers, partners, spouses, neighbors, relatives, or friends.
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about sexual violence. It is important to understand that no matter what, we all have the right to say yes or no to sexual activity. There is no behavior, manner of dress, or situation that justifies the perpetration of sexual violence. Assailants are responsible for sexual assaults. If you are a victim of sexual assault, you have done nothing wrong, you are not to blame, and it is not your fault.
Material excerpted from Ontario Women’s Directorate and Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (OWD/MTCU, 2013). Developing a response to sexual violence: A resource guide for Ontario’s colleges and universities. Toronto: Queen’s Printer for Ontario.