What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is a crime of power and control. The term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or intercourse that occurs without affirmative consent of the victim, and is a subset of a larger category of sexual misconduct which also includes harassment, sexual exploitation and intimate partner violence.
JHU Sexual Assault Response and Prevention
If you have been sexually assaulted or are a victim of sexual violence, we urge you to get medical care and reach out to a counselor for emotional support. We also stand ready to assist you with a complaint through JHU and/or local law enforcement and encourage you to submit one. In addition, the university has a range of resources to raise awareness on these issues.
- Learn more about sexual assault response and prevention
- Learn more about JHU's work on the National Academies' of Science Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education
Filing a sexual assault complaint
Students are encouraged to report sexual assault to campus security and/or the JHU Office of Institutional Equity (OIE). These offices work in partnership with other University personnel to conduct investigations of sexual violence complaints filed by students, staff and faculty, and are committed to handling reports of sexual assault with discretion and sensitivity.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sexual assault is a complex and sometimes misunderstood issue. Find answers to common questions about sexual assault and misconduct, and review official JHU policies.