GW is committed to providing an environment free of harassment and abuse, but we need your help. All of us have a role to play in preventing sexual violence and relationship violence.
Knowing the basics about consent, sexual violence, and healthy relationships are essential steps. Educate yourself so that you can help your friends and your community be safe and healthy.
Consent and Sexual Assault
Consent is a mutual, voluntary, enthusiastic, and unimpaired participation in sexual activity. Consent is a requirement for any sexual behavior.
Healthy Relationships and Relationship Abuse
You deserve to be safe and healthy in all of your relationships, whether it is a friendship, a dating relationship, a sexual relationship, a long term romantic partnership, or something else.
Educate yourself about the essential components of healthy relationships; think about what matters most to you in your relationships.
Relationship abuse (sometimes called dating or domestic violence, or intimate partner violence) refers to patterns of power and controlling behavior exerted by one partner. These patterns can occur through use of force, threats of violence, manipulation, or other means.
Relationship abuse happens to people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, races and ethnicities, cultural and religious backgrounds, economic situations, geographical settings, and other social identities.
Sexual Harassment and Stalking
Sexual harassment refers to a range of unwanted sexual behaviors or attention. These can be targeted at an individual and can also impact larger environments. People of all genders can commit sexual harassment, and also be victimized by it.
Stalking is defined as repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. It’s a crime that police take very seriously, both by itself and when it is part of other kinds of interpersonal violence.
Learn More About Prevention & Response
Take some time to learn more about sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and relationship abuse. Knowing about the warning signs of unhealthy relationships, about sexual assault prevention strategies, and the dynamics of stalking can help prepare you to be an active and engaged member of a safe community.
Find out more about the effects of sexual assault, relationship abuse, and other trauma. Learn about how survivors might respond and how you can help. Knowing how to respond when sexual violence happens or when a friend is in an unsafe relationship is also important.
Having a good understanding of GW resources is important so that you can help a friend in need.