Sexual misconduct includes sexual assault, inducing incapacitation for sexual purposes, sexual exploitation, and relationship violence.
Sexual assault means an actual or attempted sexual contact with another person without that person's consent. Sexual assault includes, but is not limited to:
- Involvement in any sexual contact when the victim is unable to consent. Intentional and unwelcome touching of, or coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force another to touch a person's intimate parts (defined as genital area, groin, inner thigh, buttocks, or breast).
- Sexual intercourse without consent, including acts commonly referred to as "rape."
Consent is informed, freely given, and mutual. If coercion, intimidation, threats, or physical force are used, there is no consent. If a person is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired so that such person cannot understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual situation, there is no consent; this includes impairment or incapacitation due to alcohol or drug consumption, or being asleep or unconscious. There is no consent when there is force, expressed or implied, or use of duress or deception upon the victim. Silence does not constitute consent. Past consent to sexual activities does not imply ongoing future consent. Whether an individual has taken advantage of a position of influence over an alleged victim may be a factor in determining consent.
What To Do If You Experience Sexual Misconduct
Students who experience an incident of sexual misconduct should consider the following actions:
Seek Medical Attention
Seek medical attention at a local hospital. In the emergency room, doctors and nurses can treat any injuries, test for and treat sexually transmitted infections, and test for pregnancy. A medical exam will also help collect evidence in case you decide now or at a later time to pursue criminal charges or legal action.
Talk to someone you trust. There are people on campus and in the community who are trained to help you cope with the experience and examine your options.
Anyone who feels that s/he has been the victim of sexual misconduct is encouraged to bring it to the attention of the Title IX coordinator or a member of the Title IX team. They are empowered to provide interim remedies and measures to support all individuals involved in these situations and to protect the safety of the campus community through these measures.
Know Your Resources
Be familiar with the Knox College approach to addressing reports of sexual misconduct.