Sexual Assault Awarness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awarness Month. Know your part. Do your part to put an end to sexual assault, harrassment, and abuse before it happens.
Preventing sexual assault is everyone's duty. Help is available. To receive assistance, call the 24/7 Sexual Assault Support Line at (928) 941-3601 or call the DoD Safe Helpline at (877) 995-5247.
WHAT IS SEXUAL ASSAULT?
The DOD defines sexual assault as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes rape, forcible sodomy (oral or anal sex), and other unwanted sexual contact that is aggravated, abusive, or wrongful (to include unwanted and inappropriate sexual contact), or attempts to commit these acts.
WHAT IS CONSENT?
Consent is a freely given agreement to the conduct at issue by a competent person. An expression or lack of consent through words or conduct means there is no consent. Lack of verbal or physical resistance does not constitute consent. Submission resulting from the use of force, threat of force, or placing another person in fear also does not constitute consent. A current or previous dating or social or sexual relationship by itself or the manner of dress of the person involved with the accused in the conduct at issue shall not constitute consent. A sleeping, unconscious, or incompetent person cannot consent. A person cannot consent to force causing or likely to cause death or grievous bodily harm or to being rendered unconscious. A person cannot consent while under threat or in fear. A person cannot consent if the subject makes a fraudulent representation that the sexual act serves a professional purpose or induces
a belief that the subject is another person. All the surrounding circumstances are considered when determining whether a person gave consent. A person's previous sexual acts, experiences, and /or history does not constitute consent.