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Sexual Assault Definitions

Dating & Domestic Violence

Dating and domestic violence are crimes consisting of controlling and abusive behaviors committed by an intimate partner (e.g., current or ex-boy/girlfriend, spouse or domestic partner) or family member. The abuse can include public humiliation, threats, refusing to give the victim money, hitting, and sexual assault. Abusers often isolate their victims, emotionally and physically, preventing them from interacting with family and friends. Some kill their victims. Perpetrators will often apologize and appear to make amends, but over time the violence escalates in frequency and severity. Many perpetrators also stalk their victims.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a crime that uses sex as a weapon to exert control over, humiliate, and harm another person. It occurs when someone uses force, threats, alcohol or other drugs, or other illegal ways to kiss you, touch your breasts, buttocks or genitals; fondle you; rub against you; put a finger or object in your vagina or anus; put their penis in your vagina or anus; put their mouth or tongue in contact with your genitals or anus; or make you put your mouth or tongue in contact with their genitals or anus.

Other examples of illegal sexual activity include: situations in which a person is unable to give consent or is incapable of resisting (e.g., under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, unconscious, asleep); having sex with someone younger than the legal age of consent; and non-consensual sex with a spouse.


Stalking is a crime in which someone repeatedly harasses, threatens, and controls another person, causing the victim to fear for their safety. Examples include someone showing up at places where you are, even though there is no reason for them to be there; leaving unwanted items for you to find; making unsolicited phone calls or e-mails; following or spying on you; vandalizing your property; making threats against you or your family and friends; monitoring your telephone and computer activity; and tracking you using global positioning and other devices. Stalking can also include perpetrators sending gifts; giving personal information about a victim to others; killing pets; and committing physical/sexual assault. In some cases, stalkers also kill their victim.


Martha McDonald, EdD
Vice President, Office of Student Services
Title IX Officer
504 Coordinator

Anne Chua
Manager, Office of Student Services
Title IX Investigator
T: 949-451-5231

Elizabeth Cipres, EdD
Dean, Counseling Services
Title IX Deputy Officer
T: 949-451-5410

Nancy Montgomery, RN, MSN
Director, Health and Wellness Center
Title IX Deputy Officer