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  • Relationships: Cultural Differences and U.S. Laws Presented by Robyn Wiktorski, LMSW Director of Health Education and Human Services, a division of Sub-Board I, Inc.
  • Sub-Board I, Inc Services
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  • Sub-Board I, Inc Services continued…
    • Health Education and Human Services
    • 829-2584
    • Anti-Rape Task Force
    • Sexuality Education Center
    • AIDS Coalition
    • Sub-Board I Players
  • Goals of Presentation
    • To provide information and resources necessary in the event that these issues happen to you or someone you know.
    • To make you aware of your rights in relationships
    • To provide you with definitions of what is considered illegal behavior.
  • U.S Women & Men: The Role of Media
    • What do some of the images from movies or television tell you about U.S. women?
    • About U.S. men?
    • What are the stereotypes of U.S. sexuality?
    • U.S. relationships?
  • Relationships in the U.S.
    • It is expected that two people begin to date or spend time together because they mutually have an interest in one another.
    • Each person chooses not only who they want to be with, but also what their boundaries are.
  • Relationships and Boundaries
    • What are boundaries?
    • Boundaries refer to the extent a person will act on certain behaviors, based on her/his comfort level.
    • In relationships, each person has the right to choose for him/herself what sexual behaviors s/he wants to engage in with another.
  • Question #1
    • TRUE or FALSE?
    • I can show I am interested in a woman by following her to and from her classes or by watching her through her windows.
  • Question #1
    • FALSE.
    • This can be considered harassment.
    • Harassment is:
    • when a person engages in conduct over any period of time or repeatedly commits acts which alarm or seriously annoy another person and which serve no legitimate purpose.
  • Harassment
    • Harassment is also:
    • when a person creates a condition which unnecessarily endangers or threatens the health, safety or well-being of other persons or their property.
  • Harassment
    • Examples of harassment:
    • Unwanted repeated emails to another person
    • Stalking
    • Repeated unwanted phone calls, hang-up phone calls or voicemails.
    • Harassment is illegal on campus as well as throughout the U.S.
  • Cultural Differences
    • Cultural expectations of how women dress differ across the world.
    • In the U.S., women dress as they choose, which could mean a lot of clothing or…
    • very little.
  • Cultural Differences
    • This may cause confusion to people from countries where women do not dress in this way.
    • Someone may perceive that a woman wearing limited clothing is available for sexual involvement and make unwanted advances towards her.
  • Question #2
    • TRUE or FALSE?
    • If a woman is wearing clothing that shows a lot of her skin, it means she wants to have sex with anyone.
  • Question #2
    • FALSE.
    • Very little clothing or clothing that exposes a lot of her skin does not mean that she is wanting to have sex or is available for sexual advances.
    • In the U.S., it is simply an expression of her style or the fashion.
  • Question #3
    • TRUE or FALSE?
    • When a girl says “No” to sex, she may mean ”Maybe”.
  • Question #3
    • FALSE.
    • Before a person engages in sexual activity with another person, he/she must also have that person’s consent to do so.
    • “No” means “No”.
  • Relationships & Consent
    • What is consent?
  • Consent
    • Consent is when a person willingly gives permission or agrees to do something.
  • Question #4
    • TRUE or FALSE?
    • Making repeated, unwanted sexual comments or advances to another person is against U.S. law.
  • Question #4
    • TRUE.
    • In the U.S., this is against the law. It can be considered sexual harassment.
  • Sexual Harassment
    • Sexual harassment, as defined by the University’s Equity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Administration is:
    • {see pamphlet in the University Police section of binder}
    • Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when it is a condition of employment, academic performance or when it interferes in an individual’s daily life.
  • Sexual Harassment
    • Examples of sexual harassment can be:
    • Unwanted touching someone’s shoulder, back or arm
    • Talking to or paying attention to another person in a way they perceive to be intrusive or excessive
  • Rape and Sexual Assault
    • What is rape?
    • Rape is when a person threatens force, implies force or uses force and has nonconsensual vaginal intercourse with another person.
  • Rape & Sexual Assault
    • There are different forms of rape:
    • Acquaintance rape or Date rape: when the victim knows the perpetrator
    • Stranger rape: when the perpetrator is a stranger
    • Marital rape: when the perpetrator is your husband or wife
  • Rape & Sexual Assault
    • What is Sexual Assault?
    • Sexual Assault refers to other non-consensual sexual activities, including touching, groping and kissing.
    • Men can also be sexually assaulted.
  • Rape & Sexual Assault
    • Rape and sexual assault are crimes in the United States and perpetrators can be tried in the legal system.
    • Survivors of these crimes have rights to prosecute and have access to supportive services such as counseling.
  • Question #5
    • TRUE or FALSE?
    • Having sex with someone who is drunk is considered rape.
  • Role of Alcohol & Drugs
    • TRUE.
    • A person who is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol CANNOT legally give consent.
  • Role of Drugs & Alcohol
    • What does this mean?
    • A person may be brought up on charges because the person he/she had sexual relations with did not give consent and may not have agreed to such activity had she/he been sober.
    • This may include intimate touching, kissing, rubbing against someone, sexual intercourse, oral sex, etc.
  • Question #6
    • TRUE or FALSE?
    • It is illegal in the U.S. if a person physically and/or verbally harms his/her intimate partner.
  • Domestic Violence
    • TRUE.
    • In the U.S., this is called Domestic Violence and it is a crime.
  • Domestic Violence
    • Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior where one individual uses fear and intimidation to gain and maintain power and control over their intimate partner.
  • Domestic Violence
    • This behavior can include the following abuses:
    • Physical: slapping, kicking, strangulation, punching, shoving, burning, biting
  • Domestic Violence
    • Emotional: name calling, insults, ignoring of partner’s needs & feelings, public humiliation
  • Domestic Violence
    • Psychological: isolation from friends & family, restrictions of partner’s activities
  • Domestic Violence
    • Economic: controlling partner’s money, interfering with partner’s work or school
    • Sexual: rape, criticism of person’s desirability, forced sex with others
  • Domestic Violence
    • Domestic violence is a crime in the United States and is punishable under law.
    • Victims have the right to prosecute and receive support services.
  • Question #7
    • TRUE or FALSE?
    • When two people are in a relationship, it means one person makes the decision about when and where to have sex.
  • Question #7
    • FALSE.
    • In a relationship (including dating and marriage), if one person does not consent, this can be considered rape.
  • Helpful Tips…
    • Do not assume anything about a person you are interested in.
    • Be mindful of your alcohol and/or drug consumption. When going to a party or a bar, leave with the same friends you came with. Keep safety in mind even when you return home.
    • Ask questions if you are not sure.
    • No means No!
  • Helpful tips…
    • Understand your own boundaries and share these with your partner.
    • Seek support if you think you are in an unhealthy relationship.
    • Seek help if you have been sexually assaulted or raped.
  • Local Resources
    • Health Education and Human Services : 829-2584
    • Group Legal Services : 645-3056
    • University Police : 645-2222
    • Crisis Services : 834-3131 (24-hour hotline, rape, domestic violence, suicide)
    • Haven House : 884-6000 (24-hour hotline, domestic violence and emergency shelter)
    • Buffalo Police Department : 851-4494 (Sex Offense Section)
    • Amherst Police Department : 689-1311
    • Judicial Affairs : 645-6154
    • Wellness Education Services : 645-2837
  • Contact Information
    • Robyn Wiktorski
    • 716-829-2584
    • [email_address] or [email_address]
    • Hayes Annex C
    • Suite 5
    • South Campus