Resources

Whittier College encourages prompt reporting of sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, or domestic/dating violence to the College or local law enforcement. The College recognizes that individuals may not be ready to report or may not be sure what has happened. This resource section is designed to provide information and support resources, including confidential resources who will not share information without the person’s permission.

On-Campus Confidential Resources

Counseling Center
Rebecca Romberger, PsyD.
Director
Haverhill A (next to Campus Safety Office)
562.907.4239
rromberger@whittier.edu

Off-Campus Confidential Resources

Project Sister
Provides a 24-hour hotline, accompaniment program, Information and referral services, professional counseling series, support groups, and a walk-in clinic.
P.O. Box 1369
Pomona, CA  91769-1369
24 Hour Hotline: 909.626.4357
Phone: 909.623.1619
info@projectsister.org

Peace over Violence
Provides comprehensive, free treatment for sexual assault survivors, including 24-hour emergency medical care and forensic service, counseling and psychotherapy, advocacy, and accompaniment services.
West San Gabriel Valley Center
892 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Suite D
Pasadena, CA 91103-3046
310.392.8381
213.626.3393
626.793.3385
info@peaceoverviolence.org

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
A confidential, anonymous national sexual assault hotline
1.800.656.4673

Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center
Provides comprehensive, free treatment for sexual assault victims, including 24-hour emergency medical care and forensic services, counseling and psychotherapy, advocacy and accompaniment services.
310.319.4000, Ext. 3.

Support Person Program (SPP)

The College's Support Person Program is intended to provide alleged victims (who may be complainants), as well as accused people (who may be respondents), with a trained staff or faculty member to assist them with accommodations, resources, support, advising, and accompaniment while navigating the College's Sexual Misconduct process. Any student who has a concern regarding Sexual Misconduct may contact a support person. Support persons can be helpful to students who have:

  • Been a victim of any form of sexual misconduct and would like support or resources;
  • Would like information on reporting to the College or police;
  • Would like assistance in reporting to the College or police;
  • Would like accompaniment to any on or off campus resources, including counseling appointments, the
  • hospital, and the police station; or
  • Have been or will be potentially charged with any form of sexual misconduct.

Support People will reach out via email to each student that elects to have their name released to that support person before, during, or after reporting an incident to Whittier College. 

While serving as a part of the Support Person Program, support people are designated as Private Reporters. They are not required to report any identifying information to the College, but are required to report 1) the approximate date of the incident, 2) the approximate location of the incident, and 3) the type of crime committed for Clery. Privacy for students utilizing the Support Person Program is of the utmost importance, and support people are not to release any information relayed to them about a case (other than that needed for Clery), specifically to anyone charged with investigating or hearing violations of the Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Support people are not Sexual Assault Counselors as defined in California Evidence Code § 1035. They do not hold legal privilege. If a student chooses to make a Title IX report to Whittier College, Title IX Investigators will not ask any information of support people; however, if information is requested of support people by outside sources, including police or prosecutors, support persons may have to disclose information provided to them by the student.

A support person will notify the student of any requests and before disclosing any identifying information. If a student wishes to have a support person disclose any information shared with them, the support person will get their written consent detailing what and with whom the information will be shared prior to sharing it.

To contact a member of the Support Person Program, you may either contact a member directly using his or her contact information on the website or contact the Dean of Students Office at 562.907.4233.

Medical Considerations and Resources

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) nurses are trained to work with victims of sexual misconduct, and are available at multiple hospitals (provided below) provide free medical services and evidence collection to sexual assault survivors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are thinking about reporting an incident of sexual assault, you can preserve evidence by keeping any clothes worn, sheets, or other evidence at the scene in a paper bag. If possible, do not shower, cleanse, douche, urinate, defecate, eat, drink, or brush teeth. It is important to preserve evidence as it may be necessary to the proof of criminal domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking, or in obtaining a protection order. Evidence can be collected up to 5 days after an incident and medical attention is important at any time.

Under California law, medical providers (but not psychological counselors) are required to notify law enforcement if a patient communicates a sexual assault has occurred.  The patient has the right to request that a survivor advocate be present when speaking to law enforcement and to request that criminal charges not be pursued.  Any additional information is covered under HIPPA. 

Taxi vouchers are available from the Health and Wellness Center and Campus Safety to provide free transportation to local medical resources. A member of the Support Person Program is also available to accompany a survivor to off-campus resources, as well as a victim advocate from Project Sister.

Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
12401 Washington Blvd.
Whittier, CA
Has Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) nurses that have received specific training in how to provide victim-centered medical treatment and forensic evidence collection after an assault.
Call Project Sister 24 hours a day and they will coordinate this service: 909.626.4357.
For the hospital emergency room, call 562.698.0811.

San Gabriel Valley Medical Center
435 W. Las Tunas Dr.
San Gabriel, CA  91776
Has Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) nurses that have received specific training in how to provide victim-centered medical treatment and forensic evidence collection after an assault.
Call the SART Hotline 24 hours a day and they will coordinate this service: 877.209.3049

LA County/USC Medical Center
1200 N. State Street
Los Angeles, CA  90033
Has Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) nurses that have received specific training in how to provide victim-centered medical treatment and forensic evidence collection after an assault.
323.226.3961

Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center
1250 16th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Provides comprehensive, free treatment for sexual assault victims, including 24-hour emergency medical care and forensic services, counseling and psychotherapy, advocacy, and accompaniment services, and has Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) nurses that have received specific training in how to provide victim-centered medical treatment and forensic evidence collection after an assault available.
 310.319.4000, Ext. 3

Accommodations

Various accommodations can be made for those that have experienced sexual misconduct, including room changes, changes of locks, extra security rounds, campus restraining orders, no contact orders, assistance with academics. These can be arranged through the Dean of Students Office 562.907.4233 during business hours or immediately through the administrator on call (contact through Campus Safety at 562.907.4911).

Additionally, the Support Person Program or staff in the Dean of Students Office can assist alleged victims with extensions, absences, and other academic accommodations, providing only generic information to professors for the accommodation (with no information about Title IX or sexual misconduct).

Lastly, students should receive no financial aid penalty as a result of experiencing sexual misconduct. The Dean of Students Office or Support Person Program can assist students in working with the Office of Financial Aid to assist with this process:
Office of Financial Aid
Weingart Hall, 2nd Floor
562.907.4285

Complaints

All students, staff, and faculty have the right to submit inquiries or complaints concerning the application of Title IX the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights:

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
50 Beale Street, Suite 7200
San Francisco, CA 94105

Customer Service Hotline #: 415.486.5555
Facsimile: 415.486.5570 TDD#: 877.521.2172
Email: OCR.SanFrancisco@ed.gov
Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

Legal Assistance

Students, staff, and faculty have the right to legal assistance and representation. Provision of these resources is not an endorsement of their services and the College is not responsible or liable for poor or negligent legal advice

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
For more than 85 years, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) has provided civil legal services to poor and low-income people in Los Angeles County. LAFLA has five offices in the Los Angeles area, including three Domestic Violence Clinics located at the Superior Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Courthouse and the Long Beach Courthouse.
800.399.4529
http://www.lafla.org/

SurvJustice
Legal assistance for survivors in campus, criminal and civil legal systems. SurvJustice provides direct assistance for campus cases and partners with local, regional and national law firms to assist in civil and criminal cases.
1629 K Street NW, Suite 300
Washington D.C. 20006-1631
http://survjustice.org/

Other legal resources may be found online (http://statelaws.findlaw.com/california-law/free-legal-aid-in-los-angele...).

 

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