Sexual Assault & Dating Violence

Sexual assault, sexual harassment and dating violence are hidden but widespread problems. Chances are that you or someone you know has been affected by these problems. Anyone, regardless of gender, race or education can be a victim. Because of the shame and fear that many victims experience, it may be difficult to reach out and get help. This website can help you learn more about sexual assault, sexual harassment and dating violence. Use the tabs above in the Sexual Assault and Dating Violence section to find information about legal definitions, resources for survivors of violence, suggestions on how to respect the rights and wishes of partners, and ways you can look out for the health and safety of friends and loved ones.

The University takes sexual harassment very seriously, and there are many resources on campus to address this problem. This page focuses on providing information and resources for students. For a more detailed discussion of these policies, you can refer to the Title IX website


Brown University students share their stories and offer suggestions on how we can all do something to help prevent sexual assaults and promote safe communities.

If you are having trouble viewing the video on this page, you can view it on YouTube.

When someone has been sexually assaulted, chances are that they will turn to a friend for help. You are an important person to the survivor; this is why the survivor shared this experience with you. Knowing how to respond will be very helpful in your friend's recovery. This page offers guidance on how to best support your friend. There are also resources available to you, because when get support for yourself you will be better able to support your friend.

Certain drugs are more commonly used in incidents of drug facilitated sexual assaults, as well as in other crimes. These drugs are termed predatory drugs or sometimes "date rape" drugs. 

Consent is a concept that can be applied to everyday social interactions as well as sexual experiences.  People have a variety of values around bodily autonomy which may impact their preferences around physical interaction, so it is important to speak with people ahead of time about their expectations and personal boundaries.  The information in this article is intended to help well-meaning people take care of themselves and each other in sexual situations, but it is important to be aware that the language of consent may be manipulated to hurt someone.


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    Health Promotion
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    Health Services
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    Sexual Assault Response Line
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    Counseling & Psychological Services
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