Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence

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You are strongly encouraged to take appropriate action if sexual assault happens to you or someone you know.

Miami's Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Sexual Assault serves as the primary source of support for students who experience sex-based offenses, which include sexual assault, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. We encourage you to reach out to us so we can help you do the following: 1) provide connections to medical and mental health treatment, 2) help you report the offense to the police and inform you of how to pursue disciplinary action, 3) assist you with accessing academic and living support services, and 4) support you with emotional health and other needs.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Sexual Assault

  • Ms. Rebecca Getson, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, is the University’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator for matters related to sexual violence. This includes sexual misconduct, sexual violence and sexual coercion of students. Ms. Getson may be reached at 104 Health Services Center, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056, 513-529-1870 or

Title IX Coordinator

  • The University’s Title IX Coordinator is Ms. Kenya D. Ash, Director of the Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity, Hanna House, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056. Ms. Ash may be reached at 513-529-7157 or

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics

  • Ms. Jennifer A. Gilbert, Associate Athletic Director / Senior Woman Administrator / Director of NCAA Compliance is the University’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator for matters related to equality of treatment and opportunity in Intercollegiate Athletics. This includes athletic financial assistance, accommodation of interest and abilities and equity of athletic program benefits. Ms. Gilbert may be reached at Millett Assembly Hall, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056, 513-529-3113 or

For more information on Miami's commitment to sexual assault prevention, see the following resources:

Understanding Sex-Based Offenses

Sexual assault can include forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, forcible fondling, incest, and statutory rape. Not all sexual assaults constitute rape, but all sexual assaults deserve to be taken seriously. In Ohio, major types of sexual assault include the following:

  • Sexual Imposition—unwanted touching of a person's erogenous zones for the purpose of sexual gratification. Think of erogenous zones as anything a bathing suit covers.
  • Gross Sexual Imposition—unwanted touching when force or threat of force is used or when the victim is unable to give consent.
  • Rape—oral, anal, or genital intercourse with an unwilling victim through force or threat of force or when the victim is unable to give consent. Rape includes attempted rape and rape with an object.

Domestic violence includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person's acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

Dating violence means violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of the relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: length of the relationship, type of relationship, and frequency of interaction between the person involved in the relationship.

Stalking means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress.

These offenses can include physical, emotional, verbal, economic, mental, and/or sexual abuse. This abuse can be difficult to recognize and even more difficult to know what to do for yourself or a friend. Know that you are not alone.

Sex-based offenses are not crimes of passion nor acts of lovemaking. They are acts of power and control. Survivors of these offenses are not responsible for their assaults; the perpetrator is.

Only about one in 10 rapes are reported to the police; some studies suggest that as many as one in four women will be raped in her lifetime. Men may also be victims of sexual assault; it is estimated that one in 10 men will be sexually assaulted in his lifetime. According to some studies, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men have experienced stalking victimization in their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed. Statistics consistently indicate that 1 in 4 women are beaten or raped by a partner during adulthood.

Acquaintance and Date Rape

Acquaintance rape is a sexual assault crime committed by someone whom the victim knows. It is also called date rape if the crime happens on a date. Being forced into having sex—even if it's by someone you know—is still RAPE and it's a CRIME. Here are some facts:

  • Most sexual assaults are perpetrated by acquaintances of the survivors, not strangers. According to a national study, 77 percent of rape survivors knew their attacker.
  • Most acquaintance rapes happen to women ages 16 to 24.
  • Alcohol is a contributing factor to sexual assault. According to the same study, in 50 percent of all acquaintance rape cases on college campuses, both parties had been drinking; in 75 percent of cases, at least one party had been drinking.

Consent must be obtained for any sexual contact or activity, regardless of prior consent or relationship.

Consent must be freely given in order for there to be consensual sexual activity. Consent can be withdrawn at any time and for any sexual act.

See also Sex-Based Offenses and Prevention Programs in Miami's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The Aquaintance Rape Resource Guide has additional information.

Ms. Rebecca Getson is the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services program, located at 104 Health Services Center, 513-529-1870, and can be contacted for more information.