Domestic Violence and Sexual Misconduct/Assault

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) deems all acts of non-consensual sexual contact (i.e. “sexual violence”), such as “rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion” as sexual harassment and therefore within Title IX’s purview (See OCR April 4, 2011 DCL, p. 1-2).

Sexual Misconduct includes unwanted or attempted sexual activity, touching, or behavior. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to the following:

Sexual Harassment: Unwanted behavior or language based on gender that prevents someone from attending or benefiting from class, work, or other RRCC activities. Harassment can happen between any people and can be mild or severe (see below matrix).


  1. Unwanted sexual advances, asking for sexual favors.
  2. Gender-based stalking, bullying, or hazing.
  3. Trying to pressure an unwilling person into a sexual situation.
  4. Violence between people in a relationship.
  5. Repeatedly giving someone unwelcome attention that is sexual in nature.

Non-Consensual Sexual Contact: Any sexual touching (such as groping or fondling) that is on purpose and/or by force.

Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse: Any sexual penetration (such as rape or unwanted oral sex) without consent and/or by force.

Sexual Exploitation: Taking advantage of another person in a sexual situation. For example:
Invasion of sexual privacy, recording sexual activity without consent, or watching another person in an intimate situation without consent.

People of all genders can be victims of domestic violence, sexual misconduct, and sexual assault. At RRCC, we take these issues very seriously and wish to provide those affected by violence with the appropriate resources.

If you feel you have been the victim of sexual misconduct or sexual assault, please consult the information on our Title IX page:

Counseling and Referrals
If you are a student and have been the victim of domestic violence or sexual misconduct, we encourage you to also seek assistant from our campus Behavioral Health Counselor, Katey Parsons. Call the Student Health & Counseling Center at 303.914.6655 to request an initial meeting.

Community Resources
Below is a list of additional community resources to access if you or someone close to you has been the victim of violence.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-SAFE (800.799.7233)
Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Safehouse Denver

The Blue Bench
303.322.7273 (sexual assault hotline)

Brandon Center

Colorado Anti-Violence Program (LGBT Resource)   

Project PAVE (Youth Resource)

Domestic Violence Initiative for Women with Disabilities  
Latina Safehouse

Muslim Family Services