For sexual activity to be acceptable, it needs to be consensual. When that consent isn’t given and someone forces another person to participate in a sexual act, it is no longer considered sexual harassment, but it’s sexual assault and it is a very serious crime. It doesn’t matter if two people are dating, or if they have engaged in sexual activity before. Consent should never be assumed. If one partner says “no” to a sexual act, it means no.
According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, sexual assault can include “touching or penetrating the vagina, mouth, or anus of the victim (often called rape); touching the penis of the victim; or forcing the victim to tough the attacker’s vagina, penis, or anus. Touching can mean with a hand, finger, mouth, penis, or just about anything else, including objects,” (“Bulletin for Teens: Sexual Assault,” n.d.). It also doesn’t always take physical force to sexually assault someone, but rather attackers can also use threats and intimidation so that the victim feels unable to refuse them. If the victim is drunk, high, unconscious, below the age of consent, or in some way a vulnerable individual they are unable to agree to sexual activity and therefore the activity could absolutely be considered sexual assault (“Bulletin for Teens: Sexual Assault,” n.d.).
Remember that everyone has the right to say no, and that request should be granted. If it’s not granted, then please don’t hesitate to report that behavior to someone that can be trusted. Never let anyone convince you that your sexual behavior is confusing because “you are asking for it,” and never blame yourself for the behavior of another person because they have said it’s your fault. Offenders are often good at making their victim feel like they’re to blame. It is a scare tactic and should not be tolerated. If you think you or someone you know are experiencing sexual assault, please don’t hesitate to report to your school guidance counselor, school nurse or nurse practitioner, or your local authority about their policies or to make a report. On this website you can find the names and contact information for all mandated reporters and guidance counselors in the Burlington School District. Below you can find counselors contact information for Champlain College, The University of Vermont, St. Michael’s College, Burlington College, and Community College of Vermont’s Winooski location. In addition, the Vermont statewide sexual violence hotline is 1-800-489-7273.
Counseling Office, Skiff Hall (Skiff 100), 163 South Willard Street, Burlington, VT 05402 during the hours of 8:30am-5:00pm Monday through Friday.
Phone: (802) 651-5961
For help outside of the standard office hours, please report to your Residential Assistant or other Residential Life staff, or call Campus Public Safety at (802)865-6465.
The University of Vermont:
To initiate a criminal investigation, contact UVM Police Services at (802) 656-3473. You can also make a report by completing an online form found through the following link: https://publicdocs.maxient.com/reportingform.php?UnivofVermontAAEO&layout_id=5.
To initiate an internal UVM (non-criminal) investigation, contact the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (AAEO) at (802) 656-3368. You can also make a report by completing an online form found through the following link: https://publicdocs.maxient.com/reportingform.php?UnivofVermontAAEO&layout_id=5.
For support and resources, contact the Campus Victim’s Advocate (CVA) through the UVM Women’s Center at (802) 656-7892 or (802)656-9358 (direct). While the CVA is housed at the Women’s Center, she serves people of all genders and identities.
If you would like the University to conduct an internal and/or criminal investigation, you must contact Police Services or the AAEO to make a complaint.
St. Michael’s College:
Personal Counseling, (802) 654-2234
Other Non-Confidential On-Campus Resources
Residence Directors and Resident Assistants
Non clergy staff in Campus Ministry
Assistant and Associate Deans of Students
Kiki Thurston, Director, Human Resources
Phone: (802) 862-9616
Carol Moore, President
Phone: (802) 862-9616
Community College of Vermont, Winooski:
Ian Boyd, Marianne DiMascio, Dana Lee, & Amy Stuart
Phone: (802) 654-0505
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