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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness

Local Organizations

family services logo with orange circle and purple text logo for north carolina coalition against sexual assault with yellow and blue letters
Family Services’ professional staff and trained, compassionate volunteers provide crucial services to individuals who have experienced a sexual assault, whether the assault occurred recently or if the incident happened many years ago. The North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault is an inclusive, statewide alliance working to end sexual violence through education, advocacy, and legislation.

National Organizations

logo for national sexual violence resource center with initials initials for RAINN, the rape, abuse, and incest national network
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is the leading nonprofit in providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence. 

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice

National Advocacy Campaigns                  

denim day logo red square it's on us logo black box with white text crescent moon shaped logo for take back the night

For the past 20 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. 

Launched in September 2014, It’s On Us is a national movement to end sexual assault. The campaign was launched following recommendations from the White House Task Force to Prevent Sexual Assault that noted the importance of engaging everyone in the conversation to end sexual violence. 

Our Mission as a charitable 501(c)3 Foundation is to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence.  We serve to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives. People of all backgrounds around the world are taking back their voices by speaking out against these crimes and taking a stand through Take Back The Night. 

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The Salem Academy and College Sex Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Sexual Misconduct Policy provides the following definitions:

“Sexual Harassment” means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

  1. an employee of Salem conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct (commonly referred to quid pro quo harassment); 
  1. unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to Salem’s Education Program or Activity; or
  1. “Sexual Assault” is any sexual act directed against another person, without the Consent of the person, including instances where the person is incapable of giving consent. Sexual Assault can occur between individuals of the same or different sexes and/or genders. Sexual Assault includes the following:
  • Rape: The carnal knowledge of a person, without the consent of the person, including instances where the person is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity;
  • Sodomy: Oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, without the consent of the person, including instances where the person is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity;
  • Sexual Assault with an Object: To use an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of a person, without the consent of the person, including instances where the person is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity;
  • Fondling: The touching of the private body parts of a person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the person, including instances where the person is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity;
  • Incest: Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law; and
  • Statutory Rape: Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.

“Dating Violence,” as defined in 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(10): violence committed by a person—(A) who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and (B) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: (i) the length of the relationship; (ii) the type of relationship; and (iii) the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship;

“Domestic Violence,” as defined in 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(8): felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction; or 

"Stalking,” as defined in 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(30): engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to (A) fear for their safety or the safety of others; or (B) suffer substantial emotional distress.

"Retaliation" means (1) any adverse action, including direct and indirect intimidation, threats, coercion, discrimination, or harassment (including charges for conduct violations that do not involve sex discrimination or harassment but that arise out of the same facts or circumstances as a report, Formal Complaint alleging those behaviors) that is (2) threatened or taken against a person (a) for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX or this Policy; or (b) because the person has made a report, Formal Complaint,
testified, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing related to Title IX or this Policy.

“Consent” is informed, freely and actively given, mutually understandable words or actions that indicate a willingness and readiness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Consent is mutually understandable when a reasonable person would consider the words or actions of the parties to have manifested a clear and unambiguous agreement between them to engage in certain conduct with each other. Consent cannot be gained by ignoring or acting in spite of the objections of another.

If you or someone you know may have been a victim of these behaviors or any other type of violence,
you are strongly encouraged to seek immediate assistance.

  • To report an incident of sexual assault to Salem College, please contact the Title IX Coordinator at  
  • You may also obtain assistance from Salem College Public Safety 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, located at Main Hall (Lower Level, Rear Entrance) and available by phone at 336-917-5555.
  • Confidential campus resources include Counseling Services and the Chaplain. 
  • For emergency safety needs, call 911 to seek immediate help from law enforcement. 
  • For emergency medical evaluation, exams, and treatment, hospital emergency services can provide treatment by sexual assault nurse examiners who are trained to provide this special care, support, and forensic evidence collection.   

Confidential Resources

Salem Resources

  • Academy Counseling Services: (336) 917-5518
  • College Counseling Services: (336) 721-2625
  • Chaplain’s Office: (336) 917-5087
  • Salem Health Services: (336) 721-2713

Local Resources

  • Forsyth Co. Family Services Sexual Assault Crisis Line
    (336) 722-4457

National Resources