Preventing Sexual Assault
- The new Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) protects people of all genders.
- Four main categories covered in VAWA are: sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
- Sexual Assault is defined as rape, fondling, incest, and statutory rape.
- California law defines a minor as a person under 18.
- Dating violence includes physical, psychological, or emotional abuse, or coercion in sexual activity without consent.
- Domestic violence can be committed by a former spouse or intimate partner or a person with whom you share a child.
Affirmative Consent Law (SB 967) - in effect in California on January 1, 2015
- Affirmative Consent is defined as an affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. Neither the lack of protest or resistance nor silence constitutes consent, and consent may be withdrawn at any time.
- Affirmative consent must be given by all parties to sexual activity.
- Under this law a student cannot consent if they are asleep or unconscious, incapacitated due to drugs/alcohol/medication, or unable to communicate due to a mental or physical condition. (Ed. Code, 67386, subd. (a) (4).)
- Follow this link to view a video on this topic.
This document outlines the rights of any victim/survivor of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking on Feather River College property or while participating in college sponsored activities. This document includes College Personnel and Resource Agency contact information.
Reduce Your Risk of Sexual Violence
- Trust your instincts.
- Make your limits known as early as possible.
- Say “NO” clearly and firmly.
- Notice when your boundaries are not being respected.
- Assert your right to have those boundaries respected.
- Be “situationally aware” by taking note of your surroundings and who is present.
- Do not be afraid to ask for help in situations where you do not feel safe.
Be a Proactive Bystander in a Possible Incident of Sexual Violence
- Provide a distraction that interrupts an interaction.
- Directly engage one or more of the involved parties.
- Get law enforcement involved.
- Ask the person if he/she is okay and wants to leave.
- Make sure he/she gets home safely.
- Provide options and a listening ear.