What is Sexual Assault?

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.

-United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

From the Pacific Lutheran University Student Rights and Responsibilities:

“Sexual Misconduct is a broad term encompassing any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that is committed without Consent (as PLU defines it in this policy) and/or by force, intimidation, coercion or manipulation. As defined by PLU, the term Sexual Misconduct includes Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse, Non-Consensual Sexual Contact, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Exploitation, and Sexual Intimidation. Sexual Misconduct can be committed by a person upon another regardless of gender, and it can occur between people of the same or different sex. It can occur between strangers or acquaintances, including people involved in a current or previous intimate or sexual relationship. Sexual Misconduct may vary in its severity and consists of a range of behavior.”

For more information, you can read the PLU Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Sexual Assault is not acceptable and there are services available both on and off campus. The CGE’s Advocacy Services provides resources for victims of sexual assault, including obtaining a Protection Order, learning how to increase their safety, and connecting with additional forms of support. Victims can also contact Campus Safety and Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Sexual Assault

Northwest Network – The NW Network is an organization that works to end violence and abuse in lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender communities.

Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County – The Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County is a local organization that offers support and resources for those affected by sexual assault and abuse.

Sexual Assault Myths & Facts – The Sexual Assault Myths & Facts sheet debunks fifteen common myths about sexual assault.

RAINN – The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.

Victim's Advocate at PLU

Magdalena Stickel

Magdalena Stickel, PLU’s Victim’s Advocate is a trained professional who can help explain your options, connect you to other resources, and assist you in making a formal report should you decide to do so.


Schedule an appointment with her here. 

Other Campus Resources

Health Center * 253-535-7337
Counseling Center * 253-535-7206
Campus Safety 253-535-7441
Campus Ministry * 253-535-7464
Residential Life 253-535-7200
Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities 253-535-7195

* Confidential resource

24-hour Community Hotlines

Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County

Pierce County Domestic Violence Hotline