Campus Advocacy Resources & Education

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  • Sexual Assault

    Sexual Assault occurs when physical, sexual activity is engaged in without the consent of the other person, or when the other person is unable to consent to the activity. The activity or conduct may include physical force, violence, threat, intimidation, ignoring the objections of the other person, causing the other person's intoxication or incapacitation (through the use of drugs or alcohol) or taking advantage of the other person's intoxication (including voluntary intoxication).

  • Consent

    Sexual activity of any kind requires consent. Consent is mandatory in every kind of sexual activity, whether it’s with a new partner or in a long-term relationship. Without consent, any sexual act is sexual violence.

    UCSB has an “affirmative consent” policy, meaning that consent is an affirmative, unambiguous and conscious decision by each participant to mutually agreed-upon sexual activity. Consent is voluntary and must be given without coercion, force, threats or intimidation. Silence does not mean consent.

    Consent is revocable. Consent to some form of sexual activity does not imply consent to other forms of sexual activity. Consent on one occasion is not consent to engage in sexual activity on another occasion. A current or previous dating or sexual relationship, by itself, is not sufficient to constitute consent. Even in the context of a relationship, there must be mutual consent to engage in sexual activity. Consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual encounter and can be revoked any time. Once consent is withdrawn, the sexual activity must stop immediately.

    Consent cannot be given when someone is incapacitated, unconscious, coming in and out of consciousness, or if that person's understanding of the act is affected by a physical or mental impairment.

  • Dating/Domestic Violence

    Dating violence is abuse committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the complainant and is determined by length and type of relationship and the frequency of interactions.

    Domestic violence is abuse committed against an adult or a minor who is a spouse or former spouse, cohabitant or former cohabitant, or someone with whom the abuser has a child, has an existing dating or engagement relationship, or has had a former dating or engagement relationship. It can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological.

    Dating/domestic violence is characterized by a pattern of behaviors used to establish power and control over the other person or partner.

  • Stalking

    When a person repeatedly engages in conduct directed at a specific person that places that person in reasonable fear of his or her safety or the safety of others.

    The Doc Is In: Stalking Awareness Week

  • Violence and Identities

    Anyone can be affected by harassment, sexual violence, interpersonal violence, or stalking, regardless of their gender, race, ability status, or any other identity.  However, there are some who face higher rates of violence or additional barriers to seeking help. Additional information is located on our Populations We CARE For page.