In this series of posts, we’ll be talking about sex and relationship violence and the campus resources that exist for preventing and responding to it on campus.
There’s a little bit of legal jargon – sorry, it’s unavoidable in some places – but we’ve tried to make the info as straightforward as possible.
Okay here we go, let’s start with definitions:
Domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking—what we collectively call “sexual and relationship violence” or “SRV” – are all prohibited at Smith College under the Student Code of Conduct, of course. You can find definitions of the different kinds of SRV at the Smith College Student Affairs Office website. In general, though, SRV involves:
- sexual activity that is forced, coerced or otherwise without consent;
- attempting to cause another person harm or placing another in fear of imminent serious physical harm; or
- a pattern of behavior that seriously alarms or annoys another person.
Smith students are about as likely as other college women to experience SRV during their time in college, and Smith provides many resources for both preventing and responding to SRV.
This series of posts is intended to address some fundamental issues related to SRV, including
- What is consent?
- Strategies for preventing SRV
- What sexual assault risk behaviors you may notice
- Campus resources for reporting and responding to reports of SRV ; and
- How to support survivors and cosurvivors of SRV
This series of posts explicitly discusses several forms of interpersonal violence, including sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. These are sometimes difficult topics to consider, particularly if you are a survivor of violence, or a cosurvivor. (A cosurvivor is someone who supports another person through the recovery process.)
We encourage you to read it if you’re in a good place to learn about how the Smith community prevents and responds to these forms of violence. And if you find yourself struggling with these issues or any other kind of emotional difficulties, we encourage you to contact Counseling Services. Call x2840 or visit their website.