College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Sociology

Rape Education and Prevention
Sexual Offense
When a person is forced to have sexual intercourse against his or her will and without his or her consent, this is rape. When a person is forced to have sexual contact against his or her will and without his or her consent, this is sexual assault. Both are criminal acts that can leave victims feeling hurt, confused, angry and alone.

Abuse
Physical and/or emotional abuse within a relationship may include yelling, put downs, name calling, isolation from friends, extreme jealousy, grabbing, hitting, pushing, kicking and a variety of other types of controlling behavior. Physical abuse can cause severe injuries and is a criminal act. Emotional abuse can have serious psychological effects and may leave its victims feeling frightened, angry, betrayed, and isolated.

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