What is Sexual Violence?
Sexual Violence is a broad term that encompasses a continuum of words and actions varying in degree from harassing comments of a sexual nature to a sexual contact (including, but not limited to sexual intercourse) when such contact is achieved:
Without consent; or
With the use of physical force, coercion, deception, or threat; or,
When the victim/survivor is mentally incapacitated or impaired, physically helpless, or asleep or unconscious.
Sexual assault is actual, attempted or threatened sexual contact with another person without that person's consent. Sexual assault often is a criminal act that can be prosecuted under Minnesota state law, as well as under the Student Conduct Code and employee discipline procedures. A sexual assault is NEVER the fault of the victim. Recovering from sexual assault, or other types of sexual violence, can be a difficult task when faced alone. UMM Violence Prevention Program offers help to victims/survivors of sexual violence as well as to those who are concerned about someone they know.
Consent is informed, freely and actively given, and mutually understood. If physical force, coercion, intimidation, and/or threats are used, there is no consent. If the victim/survivor is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired so that the victim/survivor can not understand the fact, nature or extent of the sexual situation, and the condition was or would be known to a reasonable person, there is no consent. This includes conditions due to alcohol or drug consumption, or being asleep or unconscious.
* Silence does not mean consent.
* If consent is given under duress (physical or emotional threats) it is not given freely or willingly.
* If someone is impaired due to alcohol or drugs, it does not constitute consent (even if the person says yes). Consent, when given, must be given willingly and freely.
What if it Happens to Me?
- Go to a safe place.
- Remember it is not your fault.
- Report the assault to police as soon as possible!
- Call someone you trust (a friend or relative) to be with you.
- Consider calling or visiting a Residence Life staff member, UMM's violence prevention coordinator/survivor advocate (589-6061), Student Counseling (589-6060), or the Someplace Safe Advocate (589-3208) to help you with the immediate effects of the assault. They will respect your privacy and choices.
- Don't take a shower, clean up, or change clothes until you have had a chance to review your options.
- Health Service, Stevens Community Medical Center and other medical providers can:
- Provide treatment for any internal injuries and Sexual Transmitted Diseases.
- If you choose, collect evidence in case you decide on legal action in the future.
- Allow you to have a friend or advocate with you for support.
The cost for the exam is covered by the county or UMM.