Breaking Consent

Definition: Sexual Misconduct

A broad term that encompasses any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is committed without consent between people regardless of sex or gender. Sexual misconduct can include both intentional conduct and conduct that results in negative effects, even if those negative effects were unintended. This includes…

  • Sexual violence
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual exploitation

Definition: Sexual Violence

An overarching concept that includes sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Sexual violence occurs when physical sexual acts are committed without the consent of the other person.

Definition: Sexual Assault

A form of sexual violence that occurs when physical, sexual activity is engaged in without the consent of the other person. Different tactics may be used to commit sexual assault including: physical force, violence, threat, intimidation, ignoring the objections of the other person, causing the other person’s intoxication or incapacitation (through the use of drugs or alcohol) or taking advantage of the other person’s intoxication (including voluntary intoxication).