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What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is not tolerated at William & Mary.

Sexual assault most commonly is:

  • Non-consensual sexual intercourse, or
  • Non-consensual sexual touching (also known as fondling) -- touching of a person's intimate body parts for the purpose of sexual gratification.  

Consent is defined in our Sexual Misconduct Policy.  Consent is required for all sexual contact.    

Statutory rape (basically, intercourse with someone under the age of consent) and incest, each as defined by Virginia law, are also forms of sexual assault.  

Sexual assault is a type of sexual misconduct, prohibited by William & Mary's Sexual Misconduct Policy.  

Information about how to report sexual assault, how reports are assessed and investigated, and resources for survivors of assault are provided on the sexual violence website.  The website also has more policy definitions as well as legal (criminal) definitions of rape, sexual violence, and other offenses.