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The Facts

  • 1 in 5 college women are survivors of rape or attempted rape.
  • 2-8%
    2%-8% of rape accusations are false; This is the same for other crimes.
  • 26% of gay men experienced gender violence by an intimate partner.
  • 37% of bisexual men experienced gender violence by an intimate partner.
  • 44% of lesbian women experienced gender violence by an intimate partner.
  • 6%
    6% of male college students are survivors of rape or attempted rape.
  • 61% of bisexual women experienced gender violence by an intimate partner.
  • 90%
    90% of victims of sexual assault know their attacker.
  • 95% of rapes on college campuses go unreported.
  • The lifetime prevalence of intimate partner violence for heterosexual men is 29%
  • The lifetime prevalence of intimate partner violence for heterosexual women is 35%
  • Sexual Harrassment

    Sexual harassment is defined under JHU’s policy against sexual harassment as:

    Sexual harassment, whether between people of different sexes or the same sex, is defined to include, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexual violence and other behavior of a sexual nature when:
    1. submission to such conduct is made implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or participation in an educational program; 
    2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for personnel decisions or for academic evaluation or advancement; or
    3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment.

    Examples of conduct that may, depending on the facts and circumstances, constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

    • making comments about someone’s appearance in a sexually suggestive way
    • staring at someone or making obscene gestures or noises
    • repeatedly asking someone on a date
    • stalking (including cyber stalking)
    • “flashing” or exposing body parts
    • spreading sexual rumors
    • rating peers or colleagues with respect to sexual performance
    • non-consensual observation, photographing, or recording of sexual activity or nudity
    • non-consensual distribution or dissemination of photographs or recordings of sexual activity or nudity, including distribution or dissemination of photographs or recordings that were made consensually
    • allowing a third party to observe sexual activity without the consent of all parties
    • prostituting or trafficking another person
  • Sexual Violence

    Sexual Violence

    Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment. Sexual violence includes physical sexual acts that are performed against a person’s will or where a person cannot give consent. A person may be unable to give consent to a sexual act for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to: if he or she is physically or psychologically pressured, forced, threatened, intimidated, unconscious, drunk, or drugged; due an intellectual or other disability or health condition; or by operation of laws governing the age of consent. Physical resistance need not occur to fulfill the definition of sexual violence. Examples of sexual violence include, but are not limited to: 

    • Sexual intercourse or other sexual acts that one party says “no” to
    • Rape (including “date rape”) or attempted rape
    • Someone touching, fondling, kissing, or making any unwanted contact with your body
    • Someone forcing you to perform oral sex or forcing you to receive oral sex
    • Sexual assault, sexual battery, or sexual coercion
  • Dating Violence

    The term “dating violence” means violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.  The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of:  the length of the relationship; the type of relationship; and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.  Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse, but excludes acts covered under domestic violence.

    Whether a student has been intimately involved for a short or long period of time with someone who is harming them, she/he should talk with and seek help from a counselor and/or a Title IX officer.

  • Stalking


    While the definitions of “stalking” vary state to state, in general, stalking is conduct directed at a person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her, his or others’ bodily harm, including: assault, rape, false imprisonment or death. Stalking may occur through face-to face contact, voyeurism, electronic communications (a/k/a “cyberstalking”).

    In Maryland, the legal definition of stalking is:

    malicious course of conduct that includes approaching or pursuing another where the person intends to place or knows or reasonably should have known the conduct would place another in reasonable fear:

    • of serious bodily injury;
    • of an assault in any degree;
    • of rape or sexual offense
    • of false imprisonment; or
    • of death; or
    • that a third person likely will suffer any of the acts listed in this subsection.
  • Retaliation


    JHU’s policies against discrimination, including the JHU Policy Against Sexual Harassment and JHU Sexual Violence Policy strictly prohibit retaliation against individuals who file complaints, who are witnesses in an investigation or oppose discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. In general, retaliation includes actions that would have dissuaded a reasonable person from complaining or participating in an investigation. Examples may include, but are not limited to:

    • Badmouthing and/or harassing a complainant in response to her/him filing a complaint 
    • Refusing to speak to a witness because she/he has participated in an investigation
    • Failure to provide a recommendation to a complainant or a witness (when prior to the complaint/investigation one would have been provided)
    • Removal from a student group because that student has complained or participated in an investigation