Sexual and relationship violence affects all of us.
Results from a 2019 campus-wide survey of students regarding sexual assault and misconduct at the University of Florida identify the extent of nonconsensual sexual conduct, harassment and violence, an increase of awareness of resources for help on campus, and communities at most risk.
The survey was conducted at 33 universities across the country in a partnership with the Association of American Universities as a follow up to a 2015 survey. The respondents include undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
Key findings from the 2019 survey include:
- 30.1% of undergraduate women and 7.7% of undergraduate men experienced nonconsensual sexual contact by force or inability to consent.
- 19% of graduate women and 3.9% of graduate men experienced nonconsensual sexual conduct by force or inability to consent.
- Almost half of UF students (45%) experienced at least one type of harassment.
While sexual violence affects people of all genders and abilities, this study showed that students who identified as non-heterosexual, having a disability, or as transgender, nonbinary, or genderqueer, disproportionately experienced non-consensual sexual contact.
One is too many.
What Can You Do?
As a Gator, you can help build a culture of care and respect by understanding consent and becoming an upstander.
So, what is consent?
Consent is the presence of a YES. Not the absence of a no.
Consenting and asking for consent is all about setting your personal boundaries and respecting those of your partner — and checking in if things aren’t clear. Both people must agree to sex — every single time — for it to be consensual. Consent can be revoked at any time.
Consent is not possible when a person is incapacitated, coerced, forced, threatened, or intimidated.
When it comes to ANY kind of sexual contact, consent is mandatory and every sexual interaction you have must embody principles of consent.
What does it mean to be an upstander?
An upstander is someone who takes active, intentional steps to stop sexual assault and harassment, dating and domestic violence, and stalking.
Be the change.
Support individuals affected by sexual-based misconduct and relationship violence. Advocate for survivors by challenging victim-blaming statements. Challenge comments or jokes that perpetuate rape culture or sexism. Take action by directly intervening or getting help if you see someone about to engage in sexual activity with someone who is not capable of giving consent.
You can help end sexual-based misconduct and relationship violence by creating and engaging in healthy, respectful relationships; familiarizing yourself with campus and community resources; and, pledging to never commit or condone any acts of violence.
Join the conversation. On social media, use the #GatorsAsk #GatorUpstander hashtags to spark conversation about sexual-based misconduct and relationship violence and share your thoughts.
Be an upstander. Put an end to sexual-based misconduct and relationship violence.