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Sexual Violence Policy

Assistance for Victims of Sexual Violence
In accordance with Assembly Bill 1088, Santiago Canyon College is readily available to assist students who become victims of sexual violence.

What is Sexual Violence?
Sexual violence consists of any type(s) of behavioral events, whether physical or verbal, that is unwanted by the recipient.  The extent of the incident/behavior could vary from somewhat bothersome words to actual sexual abuse and assault.

Common Myths and Facts About Sexual Violence
Myth:  Most sexual assaults are committed by strangers.  It is not rape if the people involved knew each other.
Fact:  Approximately 85% of victims are acquainted with their assailant.
Myth:  Victims provoke sexual assaults when they dress provocatively or act in a promiscuous manner.
Fact:  Rape and sexual assault are crimes of violence and control stemming from someone’s determination to exercise power over another.  Forcing someone to engage in non-consensual sexual activity is sexual assault, regardless of the way the victim dresses or acts.
Myth:  It’s only rape if the victim puts up a fight and resists.
Fact:  There are many reasons a victim might not fight or resist an attacker.  Fighting or resisting an attacker might make the attacker angry, and result in more severe injury to the victim.  Not fighting may also serve as a coping mechanism by the victim to deal with the trauma of being sexually assaulted.  The lack of fighting or resistance to an attack also does not constitute the victim’s consent to the attack; it may instead be the best way a victim knew to protect herself/himself from further injury.

Source: US Department of Justice