Sexual Assault & Harassment

Sex Offender Registry
Sex Offenders are required to register with the Department of Corrections. Be aware of your surroundings and keep yourself save by checking the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry.

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is any sexual contact or intercourse without consent.  Any sexual contact without the consent of the other person is illegal. Wisconsin law defines "consent" as "words or overt actions by a person who is competent to give informed consent indicating a freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse or sexual contact." Sexual assault is not about passion or love, it is a violent crime!

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances or unwelcome physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature.  This includes, but is not limited to: deliberate, unwanted, gestures, requests for sexual favors, or comments.

Seven Ways to Reduce the Risk of Sexual Assault

  1. Communicate clearly with others about what you want and what you don't want.
  2. Set your sexual limits and intentions. Determine what kind of intimacy, particularly touching, is okay with you.
  3. Make a Safety Plan, when you go where there is alcohol; you go where there is RISK.
  4. Partner with someone you trust who will go with you or will know where you are going and when you will be back.
  5. Limit your alcohol usage to an amount that allows you to make good decisions.
  6. Avoid vulnerable situations, such as conflict, isolation from others, or dependence on strangers.
  7. Never place your physical safety in the hands of someone who is drunk (including yourself.)


  • Be Aware of your surroundings. Listen to and trust your feelings. If a situation doesn't feel quite "right" LEAVE!!!
  •  The use of date rape drugs is on the rise.  The most common date rape drug is alcohol.  Date rape drugs like Rohypnol, GHB and Ketamine do more than make it easy for the person to be raped.  They can also cause the body to shut down.
  • Think "Safety." Don't jog alone or hitchhike. Keep your place safe by locking ALL doors and windows.
  • Practice self-defense. Know how to yell and always have a whistle handy.
  • Learn assertiveness skills.
  • Take care of yourself, Don't Assume Others Will.
  • Don't Assume "It can't happen to me!"

To the Survivor of Sexual Assault:

  • Sexual assault is never the victim's fault.
  • Get to a place that is safe physically and emotionally.
  • Try not to damage potential evidence.  Do not bathe, wash, shower, douche, or change or discard clothes.
  • Strongly consider reporting the assault to the police.
  • Get support: call a friend; or, the Sexual Assault Resource Center (920)320-8555 24 Hour Crisis Hotline to receive (free and confidential) Medical Advocacy, Legal Advocacy, and Supportive Listening.
  • Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to report the crime to law enforcement authorities by contacting the Manitowoc Police Department at (920) 686-6500 or 911.  Additionally, report the assault to one or more of the following on-campus authorities: Campus Security, Vice President of Student Life, Residence Life Director, Human Resources or Campus Ministry.
  • Even if you do not report it to law enforcement authorities or Campus Officials, see a medical professional to assess injury, pregnancy, and test for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.