Sexual Assault Resources
Creating a Culture of Consent
Emerson College is dedicated to the well-being of all members in its community. Cultivating and maintaining a campus environment that is safe and respectful of others is everyone’s responsibility.
Consent is one of the most misunderstood concepts in comprehending the issues around interpersonal violence. Learning how to talk about consent, gain consent, or refuse consent can help clarify each person’s responsibility to minimize the risk of unwanted sexual contact.
Whether you're in an intimate relationship with someone, with a casual acquaintance, or with someone you just met, consent must be established between both parties before engaging in any sexual activity.
Both men and women should learn to understand their roles in an intimate relationship, their right to be free from harm, and the significant consequences that may fall upon persons who compel sexual relations by coercion, force, or threat of force. To address the issue of sexual assault in a college environment, we offer practical guidance for reducing your risk of being sexually assaulted or accused of sexual assault, as well as help for survivors of sexual assault. Please help us make a positive difference on our campus.
Emerson is committed to preventing the occurrence of sexual assaults, and is prepared to respond responsibly to any report of sexual assault that is brought to its attention.
The College does not tolerate sexual assault in any form. Such acts of violence are prohibited by the College’s code of conduct as well as state and federal laws. Individuals who violate the law are subject to harsh penalties through the campus disciplinary system and/or a court of law. Please see our Policy on Sexual Assault for more information.
Emerson is committed to preventing the occurrence of sexual assaults, and is prepared to respond responsibly to any report of sexual assault that is brought to its attention. Professional counseling services are available through Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services (ECAPS) to any student involved in a sexual assault. If a survivor of a sexual assault wishes to report it and have the case prosecuted in court, the Emerson College Police Department (ECPD) is available to be of assistance. A survivor also has the option to simultaneously or exclusively file a complaint through the campus disciplinary system.
Thank you in advance for helping us make sure that our learning environment is based on consent and free from sexual assault.
Acquaintance (date) rape
Acquaintance (date) rape, a form of sexual assault, is an unfortunate reality of virtually all colleges and universities. The National Institute of Justice reports that 85 to 90% of sexual assaults reported by college women are committed by someone known to the survivor. Additionally, The Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery reports that:
• 1 in 4 women will be the victim of rape or attempted rape during her college years.
• 1 in 3 women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.
• 7 to 10% of all adult rape victims are men.