Interpersonal Violence

Interpersonal Violence is a term often used to describe sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking.  These forms of interpersonal violence are the most common forms of violence that college students experience.  Interpersonal Violence can be perpetrated by a partner, acquaintance, ex-partner, or a stranger.  In most cases of interpersonal violence, the perpetrator is known to the victim or survivor. 

Here at UNC Charlotte we want each student to be safe and help keep their fellow 49ers safe.  There are resources and staff here to help students affected by interpersonal violence.  If you would like more information about how to get help or resources on and off campus, check out the information on this website.

Some Brief Definitions…

Intimate Partner Violence is when one partner uses abusive behavior to assert power and control over the other.  Abusive behaviors may include: verbal, emotional, financial, physical, and/or sexual abuse. Visit the Red Flag Campaign for more information about the dating violence continuum. 

Sexual Assault is any non-consensual physical contact of a sexual nature, including but not limited to, kissing, groping, fondling, or rape.  UNC Charlotte has a newly revisedCode of Student Responsibility that includes definitions and policies regarding sexual assault, harassment, and consent.

Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.  Stalking is a crime.  For more information about stalking and the signs to look for, visit the Stalking Resource Center.

Consent means an affirmative decision by all participants to engage in mutually acceptable sexual activity.  Consent means unambiguous, clear, knowing, and voluntary approval given by words or demonstrated actions to engage in sexual activity. This decision must be made freely and actively by all participants. If any confusion or ambiguity on the issue of Consent arises at any time during the sexual activity, each participant must stop and clarify from the other participant(s) a willingness to continue.  Silence, passivity, or lack of resistance does not imply Consent. A previous relationship or prior participation in a sexual activity between the participants does not indicate current Consent. Consent to one form of sexual activity does not imply Consent to other forms of sexual activities Consent to engage in sexual activity with one person does not imply Consent to engage in sexual activity with another person.  Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol does not relieve one’s responsibility to obtain Consent.  

Consent cannot and has not been obtained in situations where someone:

  1. is forced, threatened, pressured, intimidated, manipulated, involuntarily physically restrained or confined, coerced, isolated, or beaten or has reasonable fear that he/she or another will be injured if he/she does not submit to or engage in the sexual activity;
  2. is unable to give Consent or is prevented from resisting sexual activity because he or she is asleep, unconscious, unaware that sexual activity is occurring, or incapacitated (physical and/or mental inability to make informed, rational judgments and/or decisions) due to drugs or alcohol or some other medical condition;
  3. has a mental or physical disability that inhibits his or her ability to give Consent to sexual activity; or.
  4. is below the age of consent according to Article 7A of Chapter 14 of the North Carolina General Statutes.