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CAPE uses the term “interpersonal abuse” to refer to sexual abuse/assault, intimate relationship abuse, stalking, and sexual harassment. Please note that our campus policies and our state law use different language.


Sexual abuse/assault is any unwanted sexual activity without consent. Other terms for sexual abuse/assault include rape, sexual misconduct, molestation, unwanted sexual touching, and sex without consent.

What is consent? Before engaging in any sexual activity, partners must ensure that there is mutual consent; if one partner does not consent, it is sexual abuse/assault. Consent is freely given, enthusiastic, without fear, sober, and ongoing. (In other words… everyone knows and agrees with all actions!)

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Intimate relationship abuse is when one person in a dating relationship (hooking-up, casual, serious relationships, and marriage) exerts power and control over their partner. Other terms used include domestic violence, dating violence, and intimate partner violence.

Examples of relationship abuse include: controlling what their partner does, excessive jealousy, isolating from friends and family, taking their money, threatening to hurt themselves, preventing someone from going to school/work, physical violence, and sexual abuse.

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Stalking is a pattern of behavior that makes someone feel afraid threatened, or in some kind of danger. Stalking behaviors can include following someone and showing up places uninvited, excessive and unwanted texts/calls/emails/messages, threats, damaging and/or stealing property, and tracking someone’s whereabouts using technology, among other things. 

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Sexual harassment is unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical behavior that is of a sexual nature. This behavior interferes with someone's academic or professional performance and creates a hostile school/work environment. Some examples of sexual harassment include comments about physical appearance that makes someone feel uncomfortable, unwanted hugging or touching, comments about sexual activities, and sharing jokes, photos, or texts of a sexual nature.

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