Adapted from Macalester College 2012
Sexual Assault is defined as both non-consensual sexual intercourse or any non-consensual sexual contact whether anal, oral, vaginal, above or below clothing, however slight, with any object by any person, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression, or identity, upon any other person, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression or identity , without consent.
The person initiating the sexual contact must gain consent from the other person involved in the sexual act before any sexual activity takes place. Consent is clear, unambiguous, affirmative, and mutually understood permission and agreement for each level of increased intimacy from holding hands to intercourse.
Violence in relationships is any pattern of behavior used to coerce, dominate, or isolate one’s intimate partner, ex-partner, or family member. It can involve physical, emotional, and /or sexual abuse. Relationship violence typically cycles; from a tension-building period (abused partner works harder to avoid escalation of conflict, anxiety increases), to an explosive period (physical, sexual, verbal
assaults), to a honeymoon period (violent partner apologizes, promises, never to do it again, showers the abused partner with affection). Because of the isolation, fear, and denial that often accompany an abusive relationship, it can be very difficult for an abused partner to leave a relationship.
In general, behavior is considered sexual harassment when:
Illinois Department of Human Rights provides additional support and resources for Sexual Harassment. Please view the information provided below regarding these resources:
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Comprehensive Policy
For seeking guidance or making a report contact:
Dean of Students and Title lX Coordinator
Rock Valley College Police
Non-emergency: (815) 921-4357
Emergency: (815) 654-4357
Referral Form: This form is used to refer various student concerns and/or incidents related to: Academic Misconduct, Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), and Student Conduct.
Sexual assault or violence support services:
Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling
Sexual Violence Crisis Hotline
(815) 636-9811 24 hour hotline
1401 East State Street
Rockford Memorial Hospital
2400 North Rockton Avenue
OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
5666 E. State Street
Rockford, Illinois 61108
1200 West State Street
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