It is important to define sexual assault, dating violence and stalking because some women have been the object of the crimes listed below, but do not think they were sexually assaulted or stalked.

What is Sexual Assault?

As defined by the DOJ, Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.

What is Dating Violence?

As defined by the DOJ, Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim is dating violence.

What is Stalking?

As defined by the DOJ, Stalking is a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.

Women’s Resource Center

GROW – Grand Rapids Alliance for Women

Dating Violence Resource Center

Single Parents Alliance of America

Love is Not Abuse

Dating Matters Initiative

Break the Cycle

Love is Respect

Campus Dating Violence Fact Sheet

Understanding the Michigan Divorce Process

Office on Violence Against Women

RAINN - Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

NNEDV - The National Network to End Domestic Violence – FIND and APPLY for federal grants

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