WHAT IS SEXUAL VIOLENCE?
Sexual violence is a continuum of conduct that includes:
- Sexual harassment (verbal, physical and non-verbal)
- Sexual assault
- Sexual exploitation
- Domestic, dating, and intimate partner violence
Sexual violence is nonconsensual and happens through coercion or force.
WHAT IS CONSENT?
Consent is an affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement between participants to engage in sexual activity. It is saying ‘yes’ every step of the way. Silence or not saying ‘no’ is not consent. Consent cannot be given while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
WHAT IS COERCION?
Coercion is a tactic-including subtle pressure, guilt, threats, and the use of alcohol and drugs-used to persuade, manipulate, intimidate, or force someone to engage in sexual activity against their will.
HOW CAN I PREVENT SEXUAL VIOLENCE?
There are many factors that perpetuate sexual violence. Current prevention strategies focus on victims, perpetrators, or bystanders and commonly include:
Risk reduction techniques
- Being aware of your surroundings
- Protecting your beverage
- Knowing your limits
- Going out in groups
- Having a safety plan
Increasing protective factors
- Raising knowledge and awareness of sexual violence
- Improving communication and conflict resolution skills
- Eliminating gender roles
- Taking a stand and taking action against sexual violence
- Educating others
- Paying attention to situations that may easily escalate
- Creating a distraction or intervening
- Talking directly to the person who may be in trouble and asking if they need help
- Enlisting others to support you
- Referring to the authorities
HOW DO I REPORT SEXUAL VIOLENCE?
Sexual violence is an intolerable intrusion into the most personal and private rights of an individual, and is prohibited at Central Lakes College. CLC strives to create a safe campus and is committed to eliminating sexual violence in all forms and will take appropriate remedial action against any individual found responsible for acts in violation of this policy.
Individuals are not expected to determine whether or not an incident constitutes an act of sexual violence in order to report it. CLC will investigate all reports made to our Title IX office.
If you have experienced or witnessed any type of sexual violence and choose to report, there are several options:
- Online at www.clcmn.edu/sexualviolenceprevention (can be reported anonymously)
- Mary Sam, Title IX Coordinator, 218-855-8159, room E132 located in The Bridge on the Brainerd Campus
- CLC Campus Security, 218-828-6050, room C125
- Sexual Assault Services (confidential reporting and support available 24 hours a day), 218-828-0494/888-458-0494, www.sexualassaultservices.org
CLC’S AMNESTY POLICY
A witness or victim of an incident of sexual violence who reports the incident in good faith will not be sanctioned by the school for admitting to a violation of the student conduct policy on the personal use of alcohol or drugs. (MN Statute 135A.15 Sexual Harassment and Violence Policy)
There are several local and national resources for sexual violence prevention and support.
- CLC Title IX office, 218-855-8159, room E132 located in The Bridge on the Brainerd Campus
- Sexual Assault Services (confidential reporting and support available 24 hours a day), 218-828-0494/888-458-0494, 211 South 4th Street, Brainerd, MN 56401, www.sexualassaultservices.org
- Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 218-829-2861/800-277-8262 523 North 3rd Street, Brainerd, MN 56401, www.essentiahealth.org
- Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA), 651-209-9993, www.mncasa.org
- Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), 800-656-HOPE (4673), www.rainn.org, (available 24 hours a day)
- Know Your IX, Empowering Students to Stop Sexual Violence, www.knowyourix.org
- Circle of 6, www.circleof6app.com, a free personal safety app designed for college students
CLC is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law. This information is available in alternative format upon a 48-hour advance request by contacting Disability Services, room E138, located in The Bridge at 800-933-0346 ext 8175. Deaf and Hard of Hearing users or TTY communication contact the “Minnesota Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-627-3529.”