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Gender Violence Prevention and Education

What is Gender Violence?

Health Promotion uses the term "Gender Violence" as an umbrella term to talk about sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. Anyone can be a victim of gender violence regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, age, class, strength, size, appearance, etc.

Sexual assault

As defined in the University of Denver Honor Code, sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to any physical act that is sexual in nature and performed without the effective consent of all parties.

Simply stated, if one person does not want this sexual activity to be happening, the other person is committing sexual assault.

  • Has someone ignored your "no" or not gotten permission before engaging in sexual acts with you?
  • Has someone pushed you for a sexual act until you "gave in" and hesitantly agreed or complied?
  • Has someone engaged in sexual acts with you while you were very intoxicated or unconscious?
  • Are you feeling unsure or insecure about something that happened but you know it didn't feel ok?

relationship violence

Relationship violence, also referred to dating violence and domestic violence, is a pattern of abusive behavior by one partner to another that can include physical, emotional, sexual, or economic abuse used to gain or maintain power and control.

  • Has your partner apologized for hurting you but hurt you again after that?
  • Has your partner pressured you into sexual activities?
  • Do you frequently feel like you are walking on egg shells with your partner because you aren't sure how they are going to react?
  • Does your partner justify their actions using jealousy?
  • Has your partner isolated you from your family or friends?
  • Does your partner monitor your activities, communication, phone or social media?


Stalking is a type of harassment when one person is receiving unwanted attention by another person or group, two or more times, with threats toward the victim or causing fear in the victim.

  • Is someone following you?
  • Is someone showing up at places you go without having previous knowledge about your schedule?
  • Are you receiving unwanted gifts or attention from someone?
  • Is someone sending you unwanted and repeated texts, emails, or messages through social media?

sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is unwelcome behavior in a workplace, or other professional or social situation, involving the making of unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks.

  • Have you received unwanted sexual advances or unwanted pressures for sexual favors?
  • Have you received unwanted deliberate touching?
  • Have you received unwanted emails, text messages, photos, or phone calls that are sexual in nature from a colleague or supervisor?