You are not alone. Qualified, caring, confidential help is available on-campus and in the community. Sexual Assault can happen to anyone of any gender, age, sexual orientation or circumstance.
If an assault of any kind has occurred, go to a safe location away from the perpetrator.
To report the incident to the nearest Police jurisdiction, call 911.
- Police reporting doesn’t obligate a victim to press charges or seek prosecution, and steps are taken to protect the victim’s identity and privacy.
- Police can provide assistance, advocacy, and information about medical services and the numerous support resources available and well as about pressing charges or filing a sex discrimination complaint.
- Consistent with the victim’s wishes, police can arrange for a forensic sexual assault exam which must be done in the region’s legally authorized medical setting so evidence can be collected in conjunction with the provision of relevant medical care. Preserve evidence for this kind of exam. Avoid showering, bathing, or trying to clean things up until evidence has been collected.
- SSU Police are open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. They are located in Verdot Village and can be reached by dialing 911 when on campus, or by calling 707- 664-4444 from any location. They will also help facilitate contact with the appropriate law enforcement agency if the assault happened in an off-campus jurisdiction.
Get confidential medical care & support.
This can be before, after, or while you are uncertain about contacting police or getting an evidentiary forensic sexual assault exam.
You may also wish to seek confidential advocacy services to further explore your options and/or get help with navigating medical, counseling, reporting and other circumstances.
On-Campus SSU Healthcare, Advocacy & Support Resources Include:
Off-Campus Healthcare, Advocacy, & Support:
- If you prefer off campus medical care or the SHC is closed, see the list of local hospitals & clinics at
or your private physician.
- A forensic sexual assault exam arranged by police includes relevant off-campus healthcare.
- Verity (formerly United Against Sexual Assault) provides local off-campus victim advocacy. The 24 /7 hotline is 707- 545-7273, or go to Immediate Help at Verity's site.
- The National Rape Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE provides similar 24/7 assistance if you’re out of the area.
A student or employee who has experienced a campus-related sexual assault or harassment may file an informal or formal sex discrimination complaint with the SSU Title IX Coordinator/DHR Administrator, Joyce Suzuki in Employee Relations & Compliance, to seek administrative assistance, investigation, and resolution. This is available, whether or not the victim chooses to report to Police or pursue a criminal complaint. Call Joyce Suzuki, Employee Relations & Compliance, at 707 664-4470. For details, see Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Students and Procedure for Handling Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Students or Systemwide Complaint Procedure for Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Complaints for Employees
Anyone who becomes aware of a sexual assault should report it.
For campus-related circumstances, call SSU Police at 707-664-4444 and/or Joyce Suzuki, Employee Relations & Compliance, at 707-664-4470.
For prevention information, see Injury Center - Violence Prevention - Center for Disease Control and Prevention