How common is sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking?
More than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact in their lifetime. Over 1 in 3 women and just under 1 in 4 men will experience intimate partner violence. Likewise, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men have been stalked at some point in their lifetime. For both men and women, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking first occurs before the age of 25.
What do I do if I think someone is in an abusive or toxic relationship?
If you think that a friend or someone you know is in an abusive or unhealthy relationship, it can be difficult to know what to do. You may want to help, but be scared to lose them as a friend or feel as though it is not your place to step in. All of these feelings are normal. For more information, check out the One Love Foundation (https://www.joinonelove.org/learn/help_a_friend/)
Here are a few tips to help you talk to your friend:
How do I help a friend who is LGBTQIA+ who has experienced harm?
Keep in mind all of the above, as well as these tips below:
How is Hill SPEAK different from Title IX?
Both Title IX and the grant exist for the prevention and response to violence. Title IX focuses on equitable access to education and discrimination based on sex. Hill SPEAK operates from a social justice background that encourages culture change through education and awareness programming.
How can I request a program for myself or my student organization?
Any type of sexual contact, touching or behavior that happens without consent of the recipient.
Dating and Domestic Violence
Abusive behavior one person in a relationship uses in order to obtain power and control over the other. It can be physical, sexual, mental, financial, or emotional.
Stalking is a pattern of behavior that makes someone feel afraid, nervous, harassed, or in danger. It is when someone repeatedly makes contact, follows, sends things, or calls when it is not wanted.
Anyone in the community who sees or hears about a behavior that could lead to something high risk or harmful. Every bystander faces the same choice: “Do I get involved and try to make things better? Or do I ignore the situation?”
Proactive Bystander Intervention
Reactive Bystander Intervention
An affirmative, conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity.
The following must occur:
Consent can not be given by individuals who are underage, under pressure or intimidation or threat, intoxicated or incapacitaged by drugs or alcohol, or asleep or unconscious. Unequal power dynamics, such as engaging in sexual activity with an employee or student, means that consent cannot be freely given. Consent must be given for every type of activity every time. Consent can be withdrawn at any point if you feel uncomfortable.
This project was supported by Grant No. 2020-WA-AX-003 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publications/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.