at Colorado State University
What is sexual assault? Sexual assault is any sexual contact such as touching a person or any involuntary sexual contact with a person who has not explicitly consented to the acts, or who has been threatened, coerced, or forced to engage in the contact against his or her will. This includes attempted rape, rape, touching, groping, kissing, sexual abuse, or torture in a sexual manner. Submission because of fear is not consent.
At Colorado State University, most students who experience sexual assault are assaulted by someone they know. Sexual assault is an act of power and control. Sexual assault is not an expression of love, passion or sexual desire, and it is not the victim's fault. Sexual activity without consent equals assault. Once consent is given, it can be withdrawn at any point. Consent is a clear yes with actions and words, and the absence of "no" is not consent. Consent must be given without coercion or force, with the knowledge of what is happenings. Someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent that they cannot make decisions cannot give consent. Intoxication can increase the risk of sexual assault; only a sober person is capable of giving consent or understanding when clear consent is given or not given. In all situations, be aware of your surroundings and the people you are with, and leave a situation if it is making you uncomfortable.
If you are a member of the Colorado State University family and need support or more information, visit http://wgac.colostate.edu/sexual-assault.
For additional information about reducing your risk and the forms of sexual assault, visit http://www.rainn.org/get-information/sexual-assault-prevention.
Colorado State University offers resources for students and employees who have been sexually assaulted.
Students receive support services that are paid for by student fees.