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Sexual Assault Policy

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Campus sexual assault is vastly underreported to authorities.  It is estimated that fewer than 5% of college women who are victims of rape or attempted rape report the incident to law enforcement, making it the most underreported violent crime in the United States.

Members of the Juilliard community should be aware of the following facts regarding sexual assault:

  • Victims of sexual violence come from all different backgrounds. Age, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and size do not matter.
  • Approximately 9 out of 10 college women who are victims of sexual assault know their attacker.  While less is known about the sexual assault of men on-campus, research suggests that up to 10% of these “acquaintance” sexual assault victims are men, usually assaulted by other men.
  • Many sexual assaults, especially those on college campuses, involve the use of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Alcohol, drugs, manipulation, and/or coercion are often used rather than physical force to get a victim to comply.  As a result, many victims of sexual assault will not have obvious physical injuries.
  • Victims of sexual violence are targeted because of their perceived vulnerability or the perpetrator’s opportunity – not because of their age, the way they look or what they are wearing.

Sexual assault also includes dating violence and domestic violence, as defined by the Violence Against Women Act.

Juilliard is required by federal law to have and to disseminate a written sexual misconduct policy that defines various types of sex offenses, advises students of their rights and informs them of the services available to them should they be assaulted.  Under Juilliard’s sexual misconduct policy, sexual assault is defined as follows:

1)   Sexual assault related to attempted or actual penetration:  Having or attempting to have non-consensual vaginal or anal penetration, however slight, with a body part (e.g., penis, tongue, finger, hand) or object, or oral penetration involving mouth to genital contact.  This includes sexual intercourse (i.e., rape) or attempted intercourse under circumstances including:

  • where the use or threat of intimidation, coercion or force is involved;
  • where the other person is incapacitated and that incapacitation is reasonably  apparent to the person accused of sexual assault (the Respondent); or
  • where the other person does not consent; and

2)   Sexual assault related to all other forms of sexual contact:  Having or attempting to have any non-consensual, non-accidental touching of a sexual nature.  This touching can include, but is not limited to, kissing, touching the intimate parts of another or causing the other to touch the Respondent’s intimate parts.  This includes sexual contact under circumstances:

  • where the use or threat of intimidation, coercion or force is involved;
  • where the other person is incapacitated and that incapacitation is reasonably apparent to the Respondent; or
  • where the other person does not consent.

In order to investigate incidents of sexual assault or violence and protect the Juilliard community, victims of, and witnesses to, such crimes should immediately report incidents of sexual assault to Juilliard’s Title IX Coordinator (ext. 7447) and the local police department.  Juilliard will assist in providing counseling and support to victims of sexual assault through Student Counseling Services (for students) and the Employee Assistance Program (for faculty and staff).  In cases involving an immediate threat or serious injury, victims or witnesses should call 911.  More information on Juilliard policies and procedures regarding sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct may be found in The Juilliard School Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy and Adjudication Procedure.

Additional information and resources can be obtained from the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA) at http://nyscasa.org/ or by calling (518) 482-4222.  Victims may also obtain assistance by calling Safe Horizon’s Rape and Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-212-227-3000.