Definitions

Definitions

Sexual Misconduct. A broad range of behaviors including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, voyeurism, and any other conduct of a sexual nature that is nonconsensual, or is carried out through force, threat, intimidation or coercion.

Sexual Assault. Any intentional, non-consensual and/or coerced sexual contact. Physical resistance need not occur to meet the definition of sexual assault.

Stalking. Repeated behaviors or activities whether in person, online, or through any other means which threaten or endanger the safety, physical or mental health, life or property of another or creates a reasonable fear of such threat or action.

Dating Violence. Violence or abusive behavior (sexual, physical, or threat of violence) committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship is determined based on a consideration of the length and type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

Domestic Violence. Violence or abusive behavior (sexual, physical, or threat of violence) used to maintain control or power within a current or former relationship and which is committed by any of the following:

  1. A current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim;
  2. A person with whom the victim shares a child in common;
  3. A person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner;
  4. By any other person against an adult or youth victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the State of Ohio (See O.R.C. § 2919.25 Domestic Violence).

Sexual Exploitation. Sexual exploitation occurs when a person takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own benefit or advantage or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the person being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute another form of sexual misconduct. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to, prostituting another, non-consensual video or audio-taping of sexual activity, permitting others to secretly observe or record consensual activity, or engaging in voyeurism.

Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2907 defines “Sex Offenses” under Ohio law.