Sexual assault is an umbrella term that refers to any type of sexual activity that occurs without the consent of everyone involved. Specific definitions are provided at the campus level, the state level, and the federal level.
The Regis University Nondiscrimination and Sexual Misconduct policy defines as “any sexual act directed against another person without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent.“
What is consent?
Consent is agreement between partners to specific acts. Consent must be clear, mutual, and attained without harassment or coercion. Consent can also be revoked at any time, in any activity, regardless of whether or not you or your partner have participated in the same activity on previous occasions. Consent cannot be given when someone is intoxicated, passed out, or asleep.
The clearest form of consent is verbal. As a responsible partner, don’t assume. Just ask. Read more about consent.
What if I’m not sure if I was sexually assaulted?
Legal definitions can be complicated and confusing. If you are not sure if you have experienced a sexual assault, contact someone who can help you find answers. The resources below are confidential, which means they cannot make a report unless you give them permission:
- Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention, 303.458.4029 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office of Counseling and Personal Development, 303.458.3507
- University Ministry and Jesuits, 303.458.4153
- The Blue Bench, Denver's 24-hour information and crisis line 303.322.7273 if you would like to speak with someone off campus
What can I do if I have been sexually assaulted?
Experiencing a sexual assault is traumatic. For most people, it is difficult to seek help, yet there are many ways to access support through the difficult healing process. Whether your assault was recent or in the past, people are here to help.
Learn more about immediate actions you can take.
For support with a past assault, contact the resource(s) above.