Information on Sexual Violence

Types of Sexual Violence

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U. S. Department of Education (DOE) defines sexual violence as sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim's use of drugs or alcohol. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability. A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. All such acts of sexual violence are forms of sexual harassment covered under Title IX.

At Appalachian State University, the following forms of sexual violence are prohibited. 

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment is a form of unlawful sex discrimination. Sexual Harassment is defined as the unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it interferes with, denies, or limits an individual's ability to participate in or benefit from Appalachian's educational programs or activities, involves a quid-pro-quo expectation or exchange, fosters a hostile environment, or involves retaliation.

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Sexual Exploitation

Sexual Exploitation is a form of unlawful sex discrimination. Sexual Exploitation is defined as the taking non-consensual and/or abusive sexual advantage of another person for one's own advantage or benefit, or for anyone other than the person being exploited, or taking advantage of another person's sexuality.

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Sexual Violence

Physical sexual acts perpetrated without Consent. Sexual Violence includes rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

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What do you do after a sexual assault

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Information about Sexual Assault Forensic Exams

If you want evidence collected for a possible prosecution, you should request to have a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam completed. If you are unsure about reporting the crime to police, indicate to the emergency department staff that you would like for the evidence from the exam to be stored to give you time to make this decision. This is often referred to as anonymous or blind reporting.

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