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.
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:
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 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:
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.
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.