Sexual Assault Resources at SSU
What to do if you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted
1. 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, or circumstance.
2. If an assault of any kind has occurred, go to a safe location away from the perpetrator.
3. To report the incident to the nearest Police jurisdiction, call 911.
- Police reporting doesn’t obligate an individual to press charges, and victims may request the protection of their identity and privacy.
- Police can provide assistance and information about medical services and support resources as well as information about pressing charges or filing a Title IX 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 single legally authorized medical setting) for evidence collection and relevant medical care. These is no charge to the victim for this exam. Avoid showering, bathing, laundering, or otherwise trying to clean up until evidence has been collected.
- SSU Police (http://www.sonoma.edu/ps/police/sexual_assault.html) are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. They are located in Verdot Village and can be reached by dialing 911 from on campus, or by calling 707-664-4444. They can facilitate contact with the appropriate law enforcement agency if the assault happened in an off-campus jurisdiction.
4. Get confidential medical care & support. This can be before, after, or while you are uncertain about contacting police or getting a forensic sexual assault exam.
- On-Campus SSU Healthcare, Advocacy & Support Resources:
- Student Health Center - 707 664-2921; www.sonoma.edu/shc/
- Counseling & Psychological Services - 707 664-2153; www.sonoma.edu/counselingctr
Off-Campus Healthcare, Advocacy & Support Resources:
- See the list of local hospitals & clinics at www.sonoma.edu/shc/After_Hours_Care.pdf or contact your private physician.
- A forensic sexual assault exam as described in item 3 above includes relevant healthcare.
- Verity provides victim advocacy in Sonoma County. The 24 /7 hotline is 707 545-7273, or go to http://ourverity.org/immediate-help/. The National Rape Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE provides similar 24/7 assistance if you’re out of the area. See https://ohl.rainn.org/online/.for details.
5. Other on-campus options: A student or employee who feels they have experienced campus related sexual violence/ harassment may file a sex discrimination complaint and request for on campus resolution with the SSU Title IX Coordinator, Joyce Suzuki at 707 664-4470. This is available, whether or not the victim chooses to report to Police or pursue a criminal complaint.
- See http://www.sonoma.edu/hr/erc/title-ix/ and/or:
- CSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation Against Students: http://www.calstate.edu/EO/EO-1097.html
- Implementation of Title IX, VAWA/Campus SaVE Act, & Related Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, etc. includingVictims’ Rights/Options, Non-discrimination On The Basis of Sex, & Sexual Violence Myths & Facts: http://www.calstate.edu/EO/EO-1095.html:
6. Anyone that 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:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on Sexual Violence Prevention
Title IX Notice of Non-Discrimination.
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