Title IX Awareness Events

April: Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

April 1, 2020 marked the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Though we’re all experiencing a difficult and uncertain time during the COVID-19 crisis, it’s important to still come together, support survivors and help prevent sexual assault. We all play a role in preventing sexual assault and establishing norms of respect, safety, equality, and helping others. Together we can reduce instances of sexual assault by educating ourselves and our loved ones.

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is a form of sexual violence. It happens in every community and affects people of all genders and ages. Sexual assault is forced or coerced sexual contact without a person’s consent. It is a crime motivated by a need to control, humiliate, dominate and harm. This includes words and actions of a sexual nature against a person’s will and without their consent. A person may use force, threats, manipulation, or coercion to commit sexual violence.

Forms of sexual assault include but are not limited to:

  • Child molestation
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Child sexual assault and incest
  • Exposing one’s genitals or naked body to other(s) without consent
  • Forcing a person to pose for sexual pictures
  • Immobilization of the victim
  • Masturbating in public
  • Nonconsensual image sharing
  • Oral sex
  • Physical battering
  • Sexual assault by a person’s spouse or partner
  • Sexual exploitation and trafficking
  • Sexual harassment
  • Unwanted sexual contact/touching/fondling above and under clothing
  • Watching someone engage in private sexual acts without their knowledge or permission

If you would like to report an incident of sexual assault that occurred to you or another member of the HCC community, please click on following link: Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Complaint Form.




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February: Teen Dating Violence (TDV) Awareness and Prevention Month

February: Teen Dating Violence (TDV) Awareness and Prevention Month

What is teen dating violence?
Teen Dating Violence is physical harm, psychological or sexual abuse, harassment, or stalking of any person ages 12 to 18 in the context of a past or present romantic or consensual relationship. TDV is also known as dating violence, intimate relationship violence, or intimate partner violence.

TDV includes four types of behavior:

  • Physical violence - when a person hurts or tries to hurt a partner by hitting, kicking, or using another type of physical force.
  • Sexual violence - forcing or attempting to force a partner to take part in a sex act, sexual touching, or a non-physical sexual event (e.g., sexting) when the partner does not or cannot consent.
  • Psychological aggression - the use of verbal and non-verbal communication with the intent to harm another person mentally or emotionally and/or exert control over another person.
  • Stalking - is a pattern of repeated, unwanted attention and contact by a partner that causes fear or concern for one’s own safety or the safety of someone close to the victim.


For more information, click on the links below.

  1. Teen Dating Violence 
  2. Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
  3. Houston Area Womens's Center
  4. Preventing Teen Dating Violence (PDF)
  5. Dating Violence Prevention
  6. Warning signs/types of abuse (PDF)
  7. The Signs Teen Dating Violence (YouTube Video)