Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Information
What Is Sexual Violence
Sexual violence is any type of unwanted sexual interaction, ranging from personal attitudes and comments to sexual assault. Sexual violence is not a single act or situation—it is a series of nonverbal, verbal, and physical events that make people feel unsafe or afraid. Sexual violence thrives in silence and impacts everyday interactions.
Sexual Violence in the U.S.
A recent survey found that nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives (Black et al., 2011). In the same national survey,
45% of women reported experiencing sexual violence other than rape during their lifetime.
– 34% of women reported experiencing non-contact unwanted sexual experiences during their lifetime.
– Of the 1 in 71 men who experienced a completed rape, 28% said that an assault happened before the age of 10.
– 12% of men have experienced unwanted sexual contact at some point in their lifetime.
Learn More. Support Each Other.
The crucial first step is to acknowledge that sexual violence is a community problem, not an individual problem. We all share the responsibility of creating safer communities and promoting respect and consent. There are a number of ways communities can respond to and take steps to prevent sexual violence.