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Title IX FAQs

Sexual Violence

Supporting someone who has been sexually assaulted:

The person may struggle with some of the following feelings:

  • Fear of being disbelieved
  • Confusion over details of the event
  • Worry that they may be blamed for the assault occurring
  • Fear of exposing the assailant, if it happens to be someone they know personally
  • Desire to minimize the severity of what occurred
  • Uncertainty about seeking medical care
  • Worry that their friends or family may find out
  • Fear of being seen differently, or treated differently after an assault

The person may benefit from:

  • Having a friend or advocate accompany them to a medical or counseling appointment
  • Knowing that they are believed and supported
  • Listening, rather than offering suggestions
  • Encouragement to report, and being given the opportunity to own their own process and decision making regarding the incident

The person should avoid:

  • Future contact with the assailant
  • Showering, changing clothes, or eating if the student intends to pursue a medical examination shortly after an assault
  • Taking any medication, or self-treating wounds until seen by a medical professional

For a friend or advocate:

    • Be aware of the signs: inward posturing, extreme fluctuation in a person’s physical appearance or eating habits, change in a person’s feelings or attitude, self- criticism, guilt, or confusion regarding a sexual encounter

Above all: be aware, be attentive, and be sensitive. Sexual violence is serious, traumatizing, and life-altering. We encourage seeking help in any and all instances of sexual violence, and ask that as a community we work to preventing it from happening at all!