Title IX

As part of our commitment to your safety and well-being, Title IX aims to address the issues of sexual assault, as well as stalking, dating/partner violence, and harassament. We provide educational outreach and support services to any member of the CVCC family (student, faculty, and staff) regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. Campus CSA's are trained to assist you with concerns and issues.

The following is a brief overview of behaviors that Title IX addresses and how to secure help if you or someone you care about encounters any of the situations.

Consent

Any sexual activity or sex act committed against one’s will, by the use of force, threat, intimidation, or ruse, or through one’s mental incapacity or physical helplessness is without consent.  Consent is knowing, voluntary, and clear permission by word or action, to engage in mutually-agreed upon sexual activity.  Silence does not necessarily constitute consent. Past consent to sexual activities, or a current or previous dating relationship, does not imply ongoing or future consent.  Consent to some sexual contact (such as kissing or fondling) cannot be presumed to be consent for other sexual activity (such as intercourse).  An individual cannot consent who is under the age of legal consent.  The existence of consent is based on the totality of the circumstances, including the context in which the alleged incident occurred. 

Examples include:

Mental incapacity means that condition of a person existing at the time which prevents the person from understanding the nature or consequences of the sexual act involved (the who, what, when, where, why, and how) and about which the accused knew or should have known. This includes incapacitation through the use of drugs or alcohol.  Intoxication is not the same as incapacitation.

Physical helplessness means unconsciousness or any other condition existing at the time which otherwise rendered the person physically unable to communicate an unwillingness to act and about which the accused knew or should have known.  Physical helplessness may be reached through the use of alcohol or drugs.                                                         

Sexual Assault

Any sexual act lacking consent from one or more parties, or which involves unwanted physical and sexual assault.  Anyone can be a victim.  Most victims know their perpetrators.  It is NEVER the victim’s fault.  No one “asks for it.”

Examples include:
  • Rape and forced sodomy
  • Sexual molestation without penetration
  • Indecent exposure
  • Electronic sexting
Sexual Misconduct
Some examples include but are not limited to:
  • Unwelcome physical contact, such as touching
  • Persistent, unwelcome requests for a relationship or sexual contact
  • Requests for romantic or sexual contact from someone who grades, advises or supervises you
  • Unwelcome sexual remarks about a person’s clothing, body, sexuality or sexual orientation
  • Sexual violence and sexual assault
  • Using technology and/or social media to spread rumors, share compromising photos/videos, or make persistent unwelcome sexual advances
Stalking

Stalking refers to persistent, unwanted contact or attention by any individual that causes fear in another person.

Examples include:
  • Receiving numerous unwanted calls, texts, or emails
  • Finding notes or messages on your door or windshield (not necessarily threatening notes)
  • “Coincidental” run-ins with the same individual on multiple occasions
  • Being followed or watched, either physically or electronically
  • Finding the same person outside your work, class or home when you leave or arrive
Dating/Partner Violence

Dating/partner violence refers to acts or behaviors in which an individual inflicts emotion, psychological, or physical harm to his/her intimate partner in order to maintain control.

Example include:
  • Humiliating or embarrassing a partner in front of peers, friends, or family members
  • Engaging in non-consensual and unwanted sexual acts
  • Controlling a partner’s movements or actions
  • Insulting, pressuring, intimidating, or threatening a partner
  • Using violent physician contact such as choking, pushing, hitting, etc.
  • SAS provides educational outreach in classrooms on these issues.  We also assist students working on research projects or classroom assignments related to sexual assault, relationships violence and abuse, and stalking.
Free-24-Hour Community Resources
  • Contact the 24-Hour Hotline at 888-947-7273
  • Sexual Assault Response Program
        - 24-Hour Hotline 888-947-7273
        - The locations of SARP are confidential
        - Website: www.lynchburgywca.org
  • Bedford Domestic Violence Services
        - 24-Hour Hotline at 540-587-0970
        - The location of the BDVS is confidential.
        - Website: www.co.bedford.va.us/Res/Social/Domestic/index.asp