CAPE Project

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About CAPE (Campus Advocacy, Prevention and Education)

CAPE Project Mission Statement

The CAPE Project for Doane University will shift our campus cultures to those free from interpersonal violence through collaboration with students, faculty, staff, and all broader campus communities to embrace survivor-centered, trauma-informed practices; enhance systems of community response for incidents of interpersonal violence; and adopt inclusive interpersonal violence prevention and education programs.


To shift our campus culture to one that promotes healthy communication, relationships, and sexual behavior and produces adults who have the skills and are willing to intervene when they believe injustice is occurring.


  • Respect
  • Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Education
  • Empowerment
  • Impact


Interpersonal violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender, age, religion, or socioeconomic status. The most important thing to remember is that if you are a victim of any of these crimes, it is not your fault and Doane University has resources in place to help. Our university definitions can be found in our student handbook Section 5.02: Sexual Assault and Rape Policy.
  • Sexual Violence
    • refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent (e.g., due to the student's age or use of drugs or alcohol, or because an intellectual or other disability prevents the student from having the capacity to give consent). A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion. All such acts of sexual violence are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
  • Sexual Assault
    • is defined as engaging in any sexual contact other than intercourse with another person without that person's consent or cognizance.
  • Rape
    • is defined as engaging in sexual intercourse (oral, anal, or vaginal) with another person without that person's consent or cognizance. Rape may be accomplished by forcing or coercing the complainant to have sexual intercourse against his or her will, including the use of threat of physical force, or any behavior that is designed to intimidate and induce fear in the complainant. Rape can also occur when a complainant is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, is undergoing physical or emotional trauma, or is incapable of denying or giving consent (for example, when a complainant is in an unconscious or semi-conscious state).
  • Acquaintance Rape or Date Rape
    • is defined as rape committed against an acquaintance, friend, or date under any of the conditions described above. The complainant's consent to socialize or date does not constitute consent to sexual intercourse. Acquaintance rape or date rape is still rape.
  • Domestic Violence
    • which includes asserted violent misdemeanor and felony offenses committed by the complainant's current or former spouse, current or former co-habitant, person similarly situated under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law.
  • Dating Violence
    • which means violence by a person who has been in a romantic or intimate relationship with the complainant. Whether there was such relationship will be gauged by its length, type, and frequency of interaction.
  • Stalking
    • which means a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her, his, or others' safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.
  • Consent
    • must be informed, voluntary, and mutual, and can be withdrawn at any time. There is no consent when there is force, expressed or implied, or when coercion, intimidation, threats, or duress is used. Whether a person has taken advantage of a position of influence over another person may be a factor in determining consent. Silence or absence of resistance does not imply consent. Past consent to sexual activity with another person does not imply ongoing future consent with that person or consent to that same sexual activity with another person. If a person is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired so that such person cannot understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual situation, there is no consent; this includes impairment or incapacitation due to alcohol or drug consumption that meets this standard, or being asleep or unconscious. Doane describes consent as: Clear, Coherent, Willing and Ongoing.

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