Sexual Assault, Domestic/Dating Violence, and Stalking
SGSC is committed to fostering a safe and secure campus community. All students, staff, faculty, and visitors to our campus expect to remain free from sexual misconduct, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. Relationships are expected to be grounded upon mutual respect, open communication and unquestionable consent. SGSC will not tolerate violence of this nature, nor related retaliation, and will take reasonable and prompt action on such allegations when there is a belief that the safety and security of individuals or the campus community has been breached. These actions may constitute violations of criminal and civil law, Title IX violations, and/or violations of college policy. Additionally, we provide support to victims and will guide them through a step-by-step process of exploring available options.
Sexual Assault is the undesired physical contact of a sexual nature. No matter if those involved are strangers, casual acquaintances, dating, or even married, if a person uses force or the threat of force to coerce a person , it is illegal. Physical force does NOT have to be a component. Sexual assault can happen to anyone regardless of gender, race, socioeconomic status, or age. Sexual Assault has a profound impact on the victim. The University System of Georgia (USG) and SGSC do not tolerate any form of sexual violence and we encourage the campus community to report any instances of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. Not all reports require a law enforcement response...there are ways to report confidentially and anonymously . Please refer to the list of Campus Security Authorities to whom you may report confidentially.
Below are You Tube links to Public Service Announcements concerning sexual assault:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfto6ZXgt70 "NFL Players Say "No More""
Sexual Assault Response
Sexual violence is a significant problem across college campuses. Although we recognize that prevention is the primary goal, SGSC has implemented a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) in an attempt to meet the needs of victims ensuring that they receive medical, legal, social, and emotional support. We believe that victims are entitled to be treated in a competent, dignified, and sensitive manner, In order to meet this goal, a group of professional individuals work together to provide a coordinated victim-centered approach to sexual assault investigations and service provision in an effort to minimize trauma experienced by victims. SGSC's SART team is comprised of a Counselor, Law Enforcement, and a Health Care Provider. Our team is dedicated to raising awareness and reducing the incidences of sexual assault.
The team benefits the SGSC campus community by
- Providing support and ensuring that victims are provided the best services available
- Academic and housing advocacy
- Providing risk reduction and preventative programs in an effort to protect the campus community from predators
- Providing a forum for discussion and problem solving for vested members
- Investigating incidents and adjudicating them equitably (Legally and/or through Student Conduct Code)
- Providing comprehensive information about reporting procedures both on and off campus
Sex Offender Registry
In accordance with O.C.G.A. § 42-1-12, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is the central repository for Georgia's Violent Sexual Offender Registry. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation makes every effort to ensure that the information contained in the Georgia Sex Offender Registry is accurate. As the information is provided by other agencies and entities and is continuously changing, the GBI makes no promise or any express or implied guarantee concerning the accuracy of this information.
Domestic and Dating Violence
Domestic Violence is often referred to as intimate partner violence while dating violence is violence committed by a person who has been or is an a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature. The determination of the existence of dating violence is based on the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interactions between the persons involved.
These forms of violence generally display an ongoing pattern of power and control by one over the other. Like sexual assault, domestic violence has no respect to age, race, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or sexual preference. No matter your view of what an intimate relationship should resemble, everyone deserves respect and to feel safe. No one deserves to be abused and is never the fault of the victim!
Domestic and dating violence includes physical abuse, emotional/verbal abuse, economic, psychological, and/or sexual abuse and this abusive behavior can take many forms. The results are often crippling depression, anxiety, and a host of many worse problems. Be concerned if your partner:
- Excessively controlling, jealous, accusing, and/or possessive
- Attempts to isolate you from family and friends
- Has a quick temper or unpredictable reactions to ordinary things
- Often exhibits violent behavior toward animals, children, or other people
- Pressures you for sex
- Has a history of bad relationships
- Has a strong belief in extreme gender roles
- Continually puts you down
- Stalks, humiliates, manipulates, terrorizes, coerces
- Blames you for the abuse
- Says things like:
- "If you really loved me…"
- "You just don't understand…"
- "No one has ever loved/understood me like you do"
- "You'd be nothing without me"
The Power and Control Wheel
The power and control wheel has been adapted to reflect the experience of college students and can be accessed by clicking HERE.
Stalking includes any behaviors or activities occurring on more than one occasion that collectively instill fear in a specific person, and/or threaten her or his safety, mental health, or physical health. Such behaviors and activities are unwanted and often obsessive occurring repeatedly over a period of time. These behaviors may include:
- Non-consensual communication (includes face-to-face, telephone calls/hangups, texts, snap-chats, voice messages, e-mails, written letters, gifts, or any other undesired communications that place another person in fear)
- Use of online, electronic, or digital technologies, including:
- Posting photos or other information in chat rooms, social networking sites, school bulletin boards, etc
- Sending unwanted/unsolicited email or talk requests
- Installing spyware on victim's computer
- Using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to monitor a victim
- Pursuing, following, waiting, or showing up uninvited at a residence, workplace, classroom, or other places frequented by the victim
- Surveillance or other observation
- Trespassing upon the property of victim
- Direct verbal or physical threats
- Gathering information about an individual from friends, family, and/or co-workers
- Defamation – lying to others about the victim.