Sexual Violence

Definition: Any type of sexual contact, gestures, words, or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Sexual violence can include rape, sexual assault, incest, molestation, sexual harassment, and cat-calling. 

Please note that the UNC Code of Conduct refers to sexual assault as Sexual Misconduct.  The Code of Conduct and law enforcement each have their own definitions of sexual violence.  

No one deserves to experience sexual violence and the only people responsible for sexual violence are perpetrators.  Sexual violence can impact anyone, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  

Sexual violence is not about sex; it is about power and control.  


  • 1 in 4 Colorado women is sexually assaulted in her lifetime.
  • 1 in 17 Colorado men is sexually assaulted in his lifetime. 
  • Nationally, approximately 87% of sexual assaults are committed to someone known to the survivor, but at UNC, 99% of survivors who sought services at ASAP knew their perpetrators. 

support & resources

If you have experienced or are experiencing sexual violence, resources are available to you

If you are supporting someone who has experienced sexual violence, resources are available to you