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Sexual Violence Advocacy & Prevention

In addition to medical services, the University Health Center also provides programming and services rooted in primary prevention of sexual and intimate partner violence, and confidential advocacy services that provide students with a supportive way to navigate their options and resources.

The University Health Center strives to make its programs and services as accessible and inclusive as possible. Please let a staff member know if assistance is needed or the University Health Center is difficult to access for any reason.

Student handbook definitions

  • Sexual assault - Engaging or attempting to engage in any sexual intercourse (oral, anal, or vaginal) or penetration (oral, anal, or vaginal), however slight, with any object or body part upon another individual without consent
  • Non-consensual sexual contact – Intentional touching, either of the victim or when the victim is forced to touch, of a body part in a sexual manner without consent, however slight, direct, or indirect (e.g. through clothing)
  • Sexual exploitation - Taking sexual advantage of another person without consent
  • Sexual harassment – Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that seriously and/or repeatedly affects an employee’s or student's performance or creates a hostile work or study environment
  • Relational violence – Relationally motivated physical assault(s), or serious threat(s) of bodily harm, including, but not limited to domestic violence and dating violence
  • Consent - Words or actions that show a knowing and voluntary agreement to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity
  • Incapacitation - Physical and/or mental inability to make informed, rational judgments

examples included in student handbook

Haven - Understanding Sexual Assault™

Haven is an evidence-based online program required for all first-year students that addresses sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and provides:

  • Key definitions and statistics
  • Reflective and personalized content
  • Bystander skill and confidence-building strategies
  • Campus-specific policies, procedures and resources
  • Rich data summaries to inform future programming

Student organizations

Student campaigns/events

  • Clothesline Project - a visual, silent display of t-shirts created by the JMU community to represent their experience of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, or sexual victimization
  • Dukes Step Up! - skills training initiative to engage and equip students to be active bystanders in our community
  • It's On Us - national sexual assault prevention campaign
  • NO MORE - residential campaign to help raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Red Flag Campaign - increasing awareness of dating violence and sexual assault on college campuses while also providing resources on how to recognize it and intervene primarily through bystander invervention
  • Take Back The Night - an evening dedicated to raising awareness about sexual assault

Survivor Resource Map