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Definitions and Terms

Stalking: repeated, unwanted pursuit or surveillance of a person which causes anxiety or fear for the pursued.

Sexual assault: unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact including touching, penetration by a person or object either vaginally or anally, and oral sex. It also includes forced touching of another's body.

Rape: a specific form of sexual assault that includes sexual intercourse without consent.

Date/Acquaintance Rape: sexual assault that includes sexual intercourse between people who know one another on some level, and where consent for sexual activity was not given, or was given under duress.

Date Rape Drugs: a variety of drugs sometimes used to keep a person from resisting, or even to render the victim unconscious. Alcohol, Ketamine, GHB, and Rophynol are all in this category. However, alcohol is the most prevalent drug in all forms of sexual and relationship violence.

Consent: "yes" freely given by a person who actively participates in the sexual act. Consent cannot be assumed by silence or given under pressure, out of fear, or when a person is not fully aware of what is going on. Examples: when a person has had too much to drink or has used other judgment altering drugs.

Domestic Violence and Relationship Violence: refer to physical, emotional and/or economic violence between people in committed relationships. Domestic violence is usually considered violence between cohabiting people who may or may not be married. Relationship violence is usually considered violence between people who are in a committed relationship but may not be living together.

Sexual harassment: any unwanted or unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that targets someone's gender, sexuality, physical appearance, and/or sexual orientation by a person and uses "suggestions" or threats.

Sexual misconduct: a range of behavior including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and any conduct of a sexual nature that is non consensual, or has the effect of threatening or intimidating the person against whom such conduct is directed. It is conduct which may not, however, result in filing charges.

SART & DART (Sexual Assault Response Team and Domestic Abuse Response Team): four-person advocate teams with a police officer, forensic nurse, rape or domestic violence counselor, and district attorney representative available to accompany you and support you immediately, in any way you need!