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Sexual Assault Laws

Sexual Violence can happen to anyone regardless of appearance, age, race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, relationship/marital status, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, etc.

Sexual Violence can be thought of as a continuum of verbal and/or physical acts that break a person's trust and/or safety and are sexual in nature. Behaviors on the continuum go from non-physical or "hands-off" offenses to physical or "hands-on" offenses. The visual below suggests many, although certainly not all, of the behaviors that fall into the spectrum of sexual violence.Sexual Violence

The terms sexual assault, rape and sexual abuse are commonly used to describe sexual violence and many people use them interchangeably. The term used in Wisconsin's statues, however, is sexual assault.

In Wisconsin, Section 940.225 creates four degrees of sexual assault. The degrees are based upon the amount of force used by the assailant and the harm done to the victim. First, second and third degree sexual assaults are felonies, fourth degree sexual assault is a misdemeanor.

Force does not always have to be of a physical nature; these things are also considered to be the use of force:

  • Coercion: pressuring someone into sexual activity, either by attempts to persuade them or not giving them the option to say NO
  • Manipulation: using exploitative, deceptive or abusive tactics used to engage someone in sexual activity
  • Intimidation: inducing fear or a sense of inferiority into someone in order to engage them in sexual activity
  • Use of drugs and/or alcohol: influencing or forcing someone to ingest drugs and/or alcohol with the intent to engage them in sexual activity

Sexual Assault Victim Amnesty Law

...prevents law enforcement from citing, or the University of Wisconsin from disciplining, persons of underage alcohol violations if they are victims or bystanders who report sexual assault or request emergency assistance.

Prohibited University of Wisconsin sanctions:

  • Removal from a course in progress
  • Restrictions on enrolling in a course or program
  • Suspension or expulsion
  • Exclusion from student housing

Prohibited Law Enforcement citations:

  • Underage drinking tickets
Local Hotlines

24-Hr Sexual Assault Hotline
(920) 722-8150
24-Hr Domestic Abuse Hotline
(920) 235-5998

Contact Information
Name: Ciara Hill
Phone: (920) 424-0267
Hours: M-F: 8:30am-4:30pm
Office: Student Success Center, Room 231

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