South Central College cares about your safety and well-being. If you are a victim of sexual assault, domestic violence or stalking, first and foremost, know that this is not your fault and we are here to help.
What are Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking?
Sexual assault is an actual, attempted or threatened sexual act with another person without that person’s consent. Sexual assault includes, but is not limited to:
- Non-consensual sexual acts in which there is force (expressed or implied)
- Forced sexual intercourse (including stranger, date, acquaintance or marital rape)
- Intentional and unwelcome touching, or coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force another to touch a person's intimate parts
- Offensive sexual behavior that is directed at another such as indecent exposure or voyeurism.
- Non-forcible sexual acts where consent is not relevant, such as sexual contact with an individual under the statutory age of consent.
Affirmative Consent: Consent is informed, freely given, and mutually understood willingness to participate in sexual activity that is expressed by clear, unambiguous, and affirmative words or actions. It is the responsibility of the person who wants to engage in sexual activity to ensure that the other person has consented to engage in the sexual activity. Consent must be present throughout the entire sexual activity and can be revoked at any time. If coercion, intimidation, threats, and/or physical force are used, there is no consent. If the complainant is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired so that the complainant cannot understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual situation, there is no consent; this includes conditions due to alcohol or drug consumption, or being asleep or unconscious. A lack of protest, absence of resistance, or silence alone does not constitute consent, and past consent to sexual activities does not imply ongoing future consent. The existence of a dating relationship between the people involved or the existence of a past sexual relationship does not prove the presence of, or otherwise provide the basis for, an assumption of consent. Whether the respondent has taken advantage of a position of influence over the complainant may be a factor in determining consent.
Domestic violence includes physical harm or abuse, and threats of physical harm or abuse, arising out of a personal intimate relationship. This includes dating/relationship violence or spousal/partner abuse.
Stalking is conduct directed at a specific person that is unwanted, unwelcome, or unreciprocated and that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her or his safety or the safety of others or to suffer substantial emotional distress.
What to do if you or someone you know is the victim of sexual assault, domestic violence or stalking
During or right after the incident, Dial 911 for immediate assistance. To report and request help from South Central College following the incident, simply complete the online Reporting Form or call our trained staff at 507-389-7412. If you wish, you may even remain anonymous.
Additional college and community resources
There is a network of individuals committed to supporting and serving victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. Please consider reaching out to them for help:
- South Central College Chief Human Resources Officer: Dawn Pearson, 507-389-7219
- South Central College Title IX Coordinator: Judy Zeiger, 507-389-7351
- South Central College Counselor: Lisa Schickling, 507-389-7274
- Minnesota State University, Mankato Student Health Services: 507-389-6276
- Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) (serving Mankato area): 800-477-0466
- Hope Center Safeline (serving Faribault area): 800-607-2330
- Southern MN Regional Legal Services, 12 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 3000; Mankato MN 56001
- National Domestic Violence 24-hour Hotline: 800-799-7233