Recommended Steps to Take after Experiencing Sexual Misconduct

1. Go to a Safe Place

If you do NOT feel safe, call 911 or Campus Safety immediately at 562.907.4911. Secure the room you are in by locking or blocking doors and windows while you call for help.

If you do not feel safe in your room, Whittier College has safe rooms available on campus; call the Dean of Students at 562.907.4233 during business hours or Campus Safety 24 hours a day.

You can also create a safety plan to plan for future scenarios where you may not feel safe and listing the contact information and locations of safe people and places.

2. Get Medical Attention and Preserve Evidence

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) nurses are trained to work with victims of sexual misconduct, and are available at multiple hospitals (provided in the Resources section of this policy) 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.

In instances of stalking, a stalking log can be helpful when going to the College or police for assistance, including filing a report or obtaining a protection order.

3. Get Support and Resources

You do not have to go through this alone. The Counseling Center can provide emotional support 24 hours a day, and the Support Person Program can provide you with information about resources and accompany you to whatever resources you access. Off campus, Project Sister (our local rape crisis center) can provide medical and legal advocacy, as well as support and information on reporting.

Additionally, if you need medical attention, safe rooms on campus, a shelter, or to report to Whittier College or the police, there are resources available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

4. Report the incident

Whittier College encourages students to report all incidents of sexual misconduct to the College and to the Whittier Police Department. Staff from Whittier College, including the Support Person Program, can assist you with making an off-campus report.

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