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Definitions and Information

When someone has experienced gender-based violence, it can be difficult to acknowledge, understand, and put a label or name to that experience.  In our society, issues of gender-based violence are often minimized and it is not uncommon for survivors to feel like their experiences do not qualify as gender-based violence.   ASAP is here to validate your experiences; you are the only one who has the right to define what has happened to you. The information provided here is to help individuals understand what we mean when we use these terms and we hope that the information provided here will help educate the campus community about healthy relationships and consent and the neurobiology of trauma, as well as dispel common misconceptions about sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking.  

We are always available to meet with you in person to discuss all of the options and answer any questions or concerns in a confidential setting. You can call our crisis line anytime, day or night, at 970-351-4040 for assistance.