Towson University is committed to ending sexual violence on our campus and creating
a community that supports victims and survivors. It takes every single Tiger to make
that happen. Learn how you can help end sexual violence.
what is sexual violence?
Sexual violence is an umbrella term that includes:
- Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome verbal or physical sexual advances that interfere with work or school
- Sexual Assault: Any nonconsensual sexual contact, including but not limited to nonconsensual vaginal,
anal, or oral penetration
- Sexual Exploitation: Nonconsensual or abusive sexual behavior for one’s own benefit or the benefit of another;
including recording or distributing sexual photographs or videos without consent
- Sexual Intimidation: Verbal threats of sexual violence; indecent exposure or flashing
- Relationship Violence: Verbal, emotional, financial, psychological, or sexual abuse of a current or former
- Stalking: Actions that would cause someone to fear for their safety, including following,
surveilling, or threatening a person or their property
The Towson University Policy on Sexual Misconduct (PDF) applies to all students, faculty, and staff regardless of sex, sexual orientation,
gender, and gender identity. It prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct and sexual
violence. Retaliation against any individual who reports, testifies, assists, or participates
in a sexual misconduct investigation, hearing, or proceeding, is prohibited. Retaliation
includes retaliatory harassment, intimidation, threats, and coercion.
What is consent?
Consent is voluntary, affirmative, and active agreement to a sexual activity. Sexual
activity WITHOUT consent is sexual violence. Consent is:
Active: Consent must be mutually understood affirmative words or actions, it can NOT be implied
through silence or previous sexual or dating history.
Coherent: If someone is incapacitated from alcohol or drugs, asleep, or otherwise mentally
impaired, they are not able to consent to sexual activity.
Willing: Consent must be given freely, it can NOT be granted under psychological, emotional,
or physical force, manipulation, persuasion, or threats.
Ongoing: Voluntary and affirmative agreement is necessary for every sexual activity, every
time. Past consent does not apply to present or future acts, and consent can be withdrawn
at any time.
Want to learn more? Request a training or explore the related links.
Together Tigers Can End Sexual Violence: Be an Active Bystander
All members of the campus community can take action to safely and effectively prevent
sexual and relationship violence. These are four intervention strategies for being an active bystander to prevent sexual
- Direct: Tell someone directly that their words or actions are not acceptable. You can intervene
directly without being confrontational or escalating a situation. You can say: "that
person is too drunk to go home with you," "did you ask the person in this video if
it was ok to share it?" or "stop asking them if they want to hook up, they already
- Distract: Create a distraction to diffuse an unsafe situation and help move people out of harms
way. Tell a joke, spill a drink, change the topic, or ask a random question to distract
from an escalating unsafe situation.
- Delegate: Ask someone else for help. Good resources include your RA, a trusted friend who feels
comfortable intervening, or the police in an emergency situation. Trust your gut. If you don't feel safe directly intervening, get help.
- Delay: If you didn't take action in the moment, it's not too late. You can always talk to
someone after the fact. Offer campus resources or get help from others.
What is Circle of Six?
With Circle of 6, you can connect with your friends to stay close, stay safe, and prevent violence before it happens. The free Circle of 6 app for iPhone and Android makes it quick and easy to discreetly contact the 6 friends you choose. Need help getting home? Need an interruption? Two
touches lets your circle know where you are and how they can help. Icons represent
actions; so that no one can tell what you are up to. Designed for college students,
it's fast, easy to use and private. It's the mobile way to look out for your friends, on campus or when you're out for the night.
Choosing Your Circle of Six
You can add three to six contacts from your phone to your circle. Think about who
is likely to have their phone, answer their texts, and be able to provide help. People
you may want to ask include close friends, your RA, roommates, or teammates. It's
only two taps to change your circle. Keep your people up to date if you move dorms,
go abroad, or make new friends.
In addition to adding six friends, you can also program in an outgoing phone number.
Chose a number you might want to call quickly in an emergency, such as TurnAround's
24-hour hotline (443-279-0379), TUPD's SAFE Walk (410-704-7233), or TUPD emergency
line (710-704-4444). Saving these numbers in your contacts will give you additional
choices in the moment if you or a friend ever need help.
In addition to using your phone, you can talk to people in your circle, and other
trusted friends, about your plans before you go out. Decide and share how you will
get home before you go out. Travel in groups, watch out for each other, and trust your instincts.
If you have a gut feeling about a place or person, leave. If you are traveling somewhere
by yourself, or with people you don't know well, tell someone you trust where you
are going and when you expect to be back. Make a plan for them to contact an authority
if they don't hear from you at the appointed time.