What To Do If You Have Experienced Sexual Misconduct
There is no right or wrong way to respond to an act of sexual misconduct. It is most important to do what is right for you. If you or someone you know has been assaulted, a variety of resources are available and we encourage you to consider the following actions:
Seek medical attention at a local hospital. In the emergency room, doctors and nurses can treat any injuries, test for and treat sexually transmitted infections, and test for pregnancy. A medical exam will also help collect evidence in case you decide now or at a later time to pursue criminal charges or legal action.
Talk to someone you trust. There are people on campus and in the community who are trained to help you cope with the experience and examine your options.
Anyone who feels that s/he has been the victim of sexual misconduct is encouraged to bring it to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator. She is empowered to provide interim remedies and measures to support all individuals involved in these situations and to protect the safety of the campus community through these measures.
As a supportive friend or ally, you provide support, give assurance that College and community resources are available to help, and offer assistance to access these resources.
Prohibited sexual misconduct includes sexual assault, inducing incapacitation for sexual purposes, sexual exploitation, stalking and dating or domestic violence.
An alphabetical listing of local and national resources where you can find assistance for issues ranging from sexual assault to domestic violence to GLBT support.
Due to the pandemic, many victims of domestic violence are being isolated at home with their abusers. The impact has caused an increase of unhealthy environments, making it harder to reach out for help and find safe options without being monitored. As we approach the holidays, we wanted to help provide assistance to those who may be struggling with these silent battles, alone.
That’s why we created a comprehensive guide that highlights the increased vulnerability for victims and how to support these populations during unprecedented times. You can check it out below:
Victims and Survivors Guide to Domestic Violence During the Pandemic
Our guide includes:
- Detailed Infographic on Red Flags and Barriers in Abusive Relationships
- Tips on Emergency Planning and Tech Safety for Victims Fleeing
- Support Services for Housing, Immigration, and Financial Independence