COVID-19 Information

We hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. CARE recognizes the additional hurdles created for survivors by the COVID-19 health crisis, in particular survivors who may be exposed to an increased risk of domestic violence. The need for resources and support has never been greater for our community.

CARE remains available and operational to provide support services to all UC Davis students, staff, and faculty. However, to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are providing services remotely. To speak with a confidential advocate, please email us at ucdcare@ucdavis.edu.

You can also reach us by calling (530) 752-3299. During business hours (Monday-Friday between 8-5 pm) please leave a message and the advocate will call you back promptly. Should you call after hours, you are welcome to leave a message that will be returned the next business day or select the option to be connected with a confidential counselor.

Consent

Consent is…

  • Informed. Consent is an affirmative, unambiguous, conscious agreement by each person to engage in sexual activity. Everyone engaging in the sexual activity has full knowledge and understanding of what the sexual activity entails.

  • Voluntary. Consent involves positive cooperation and must be freely given. It cannot be given if there is force, threats, menace, duress, or where a person’s free will has been compromised.

  • Revocable. Sexual activity may begin as consensual. But, once someone says “no”, says they are uncomfortable, pulls away, or any other verbal or physical indication that they want the sexual activity to stop, consent has been revoked. Anything following the withdrawal of consent becomes sexual assault, regardless of the relationship between the people involved.

Consent is NOT POSSIBLE when someone is...

  • Incapacitated. This means that a person is unable to care for themselves, which could be due to drugs or alcohol. Just to be clear, having drunk sex is not a crime. However, when someone’s ability to take care of themselves has been severely impacted due to drugs or alcohol, they are unable to give consent. If someone is incapacitated due to drugs or alcohol, they may be in and out of consciousness, unable to stand or walk, vomiting, slurring their words, or unable to communicate properly.   

  • Underage. The legal age of consent in California is 18 years old. Even if someone under the age of the 18 agrees to engage in sexual activity, they are legally unable to give consent--it is still sexual assault.

  • Unconscious. If someone is passed out, asleep, or otherwise unconscious, consent cannot be given.

For information on healthy sexual communication, visit:

Sexual Communication