What is Sexual Violence



Sexual violence is defined as:

  • physical acts of a sexual nature, such as such as:
    ·        Vaginal penetration
    ·        Anal sexual conduct
    ·        Oral sexual conduct
    ·        Insertion of a foreign object (e.g. coke bottle, broom handle, etc.) into the vagina, urethra, penis or rectum
    ·        Touching of sexual or intimate parts of a person’s body
  • perpetuated against a person's will
  • or when a person is incapable of giving consent for reasons, including but not limited to, the victim's age, the victim's use of drugs or alcohol or the victim's ability to give consent due to intellectual or other disability.

Sexual violence can include:

  • Sexual Coercion: Sexual coercion is a form of sexual harassment. Sexual coercion is defined as the act of using force, threats, alcohol or drugs and/or using physical, emotional or verbal pressure to have sexual contact with someone against his or her will or where a person is incapable of giving consent for reasons including, but not limited to, the victim’s age, the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol or the victim’s inability to give consent due to intellectual or other disability. Sexual contact includes kissing, patting, fondling, oral sex, genital touching, and any other sexual behavior that makes the victim feel uncomfortable.
  • Sexual Assault: The term sexual assault refers to offenses classified as a forcible or nonforcible sex offence under the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, forcible fondling, incest and statutory rape.
  • Rape: Rape is a form of sexual violence. If a person engages in nonconsensual sexual intercourse due to physical force, coercion or threat — actual or implied — the act is considered rape. In New York State,sexual intercourse is defined as vaginal penetration. A person who is mentally incapacitated, asleep, physically helpless due to drug or alcohol consumption or unconscious is considered unable to consent. If intercourse takes place without consent, it is considered rape. If a person says no, regardless of the circumstances, it is not a matter for interpretation. No means NO. Sexual intercourse following a spoken no, or any other expression of refusal or demurral, even without further resistance of any kind by the person, is rape. Information about rape, as outlined in New York State law, can be found in Article 130 of the New York State Penal Code.

Did you know?

  • Sexual violence can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, family upbringing, socio-economic status.
  • Sexual violence can exist in a dating relationship.
  • The majority of victims of sexual violence know the persont hat has hurt them.
  • Alcohol is the number one date rape drug.
  • Sexual violence is against the law.
  • Sexual violence is antithetical to our Siena values and to our vision of what it means to live and learnin a safe, respectful and inclusive community.
  • Sexual violence is also violation of Siena College’s Code of Conduct. More information about sexual violence can be found in The Human Rights Policy and Procedures, which can be found in the Siena Life Student Handbook or online