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Issues We Serve

Sexual Aggression includes stalking, sexual harassment, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault. SAPA promotes empowerment through information, choices, and resources.

    Stalking is repeated unwanted behavior directed at a specific person that could place that person in fear for their safety. While not an exhaustive list of the many stalking behaviors, these are some examples of what stalking behaviors could include: 

    • Following of another person
    • Phone calls/text messages/social media communication
    • ​Appearing at a person's place of residence, education, and/or employment

    Some stalking is connected with a relationship, beginning either during the relationship or after it has ended. In these cases, the stalker is likely seeking to maintain or regain control over the victim. In other cases, the stalker may become fixated on a victim without ever having established a prior relationship with that person. Either type of stalker may keep the victim under surveillance and/or threaten them.​ All forms of stalking are unpredictable, and should be considered dangerous. ​

    Harassment is conduct or behavior by and individual(s) that may cause another person distress and/or interfere with their working, living, and/or learning environment. It can occur in several places, including the workplace, a school environment, college/university environment, and/or online. There are a variety of people who can be in the position to harass. Some of these include, but are not limited to, bosses, faculty/staff, managers, teachers, colleagues/co-workers, professors, and/or students. Types of harassment include quid pro quo and hostile environment. Here is an example of each: 

    • ​Quid Pro Quo: A professor offers you a better grade in exchange for sexual favors.
    • Hostile Environment: A colleague refers to you as a "slut" and "whore" and repeatedly makes related comments about your appearance. 

    Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence are defined as an intentional act used to gain power and control over another person, which may include: 

    • Physical Assaults
    • Sexual Assaults
    • Emotional Abuse
    • Verbal Abuse
    • Isolation
    • Minimizing and Blaming
    • Controlling Behaviors
    • Using Children
    • Using Coercion and Threats
    • Using Intimidation
    • Stalking

    Sexual assault takes many forms including rape or attempted rape, as well as any unwanted sexual contact or threats.  Sexual assault occurs in the absence of consent or when a person is unable to consent due to incapacitation. Anybody can be sexually assaulted.