Terms and Concepts

Sexual Violence

  • Any kind of sexual contact against a person's will and without consent.
  • It can happen to anyone and it is not the fault of the person who has been harmed.
  • It can be perpetrated by someone you know and trust, and it can happen in the workplace or educational environment.
  • Sex discrimination and sexual violence can effect anyone, no matter your gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability status, race, ethnicity, religion, spirituality, immigration status, or any other part of your identity.

University policy defines consent, sex discrimination, and sexual misconduct behaviors that are prohibited.  To read how the University defines these behaviors, please see the Policies page.

 


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CLASE: Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments

The Institute on Domestic Violence &Sexual Assault (IDVSA) at UT Austin has conducted the most in-depth survey of sexual assault and sexual misconduct of any university in the nation. The CLASE Report provides specific data about the experiences of UT students while at UT Austin.

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Types of Sexual Violence

Learn more about sexual violence, interpersonal violence, consent, and healthy relationships.

Marginalized Communities

Here at UT Austin, we recognize that our community members who hold marginalized identities are at higher risk for sexual violence and have more barriers to accessing services. We are committed to centering the experiences and needs of those in our community whose identities are at the margins and to making sure that our process is accessible to every Longhorn.