Assistance for Survivors of Sexual Assault or Rape
If you have been assaulted or raped, you have control of the choices you can make. The following are recommendations to assist you:
- Do not blame yourself. Sexual assault is never the survivor's fault.
- Go to a safe location.
- Seek medical attention immediately.
- Do not shower, bathe or douche. The only way medical evidence can be collected is if it is left intact.
- Contact one or more of the resources listed below.
If a friend has been assaulted or raped:
- Listen and be supportive.
- Let your friend make her or his own choices, but gently encourage them to seek medical assistance and professional help.
- Encourage your friend to immediately contact one of the sexual assault resources listed below.
- Stay with your friend during interviews and examinations if she or he wants you to do so.
- Take care of yourself. You may need to talk with someone about how this has affected you. The resources listed in this policy are for you as well.
Formal Reporting, Investigation and Hearing of Sexual Misconduct Issues
By reporting the sexual misconduct, you help protect yourself and others from future victimization. Reporting the incident is a separate step from choosing to go through the college conduct process. Students always have the option of reporting to local police officials, and if desired, the college will assist you in notifying law enforcement authorities. If, for some reason, law enforcement officials seek involvement in a sexual misconduct case, the victim always has the option to deny reporting to law enforcement. If you report the incident, you do not have to press charges against the accused student (respondent). However, if the accused is a Coe student, the Dean of Students will notify the accused that an alleged incident of sexual misconduct has been reported against him or her. During this conversation with the Dean of Students, you may choose not to have your identity divulged. If you choose to divulge your identity, it is typical that the Dean of Students will place a "no-contact" order on the respondent. This ensures the respondent would no longer be able to interact with you. Regardless of the complainant's decision to move forward with formal charges, an investigation will begin with the results being stored confidentially in the event charges are filed.
Coe is partnering with Callisto (with the help of funding and support from Student Senate), an online support system and sexual assault reporting tool for students that is available to them on my.coe.edu (under the Student Tab). Callisto helps Coe increase reporting rates, improve the detail and accuracy of reports, identify repeat offenders and hold them accountable, and improve the school's reputation.
To Report Confidentially
If you desire that details of the incident be kept confidential, you should speak with on-campus confidential resources, the off-campus counseling provided by St. Luke's Family Counseling Center or use Callisto to record the details of your incident. St. Luke's counseling sessions are free of charge. In addition, you may speak off-campus with various community organizations that specialize in sexual misconduct issues and keep reports made to them confidential. To report the incident to Coe in a confidential manner you can use the Anonymous Reporting Form.
Confidentiality and Reporting Options
Depending on their roles at the college, individuals on campus have different reporting responsibilities and abilities to maintain your confidentiality. In order to make an informed decision, victim/survivors should be aware of confidentiality and mandatory referral/reporting requirements when consulting campus resources. On campus, some resources may maintain your complete confidentiality, offering you options and advice without any obligation to tell anyone, unless you want them to. All other resources are required to report any knowledge they have about sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. Even though most employees are required to report, you may seek assistance from them without starting a chain of events that takes things out of your control or violates your privacy.
Confidential on-campus resources
Confidential off-campus resources
- St. Luke's Family Counseling Center, 319.369.7952 (free)
- Riverview Center Sexual Assault Hotline, 888.557.0310 (free, advocates available 24/7)
- Mercy Medical Center Emergency Room, 319.398.6041
- St. Luke's Hospital Emergency Room, 319.369.7105
- Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline, 800.284.7821
- Iowa Crime Victim Assistance Division, 800.373.5044
- Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 515.244.7424
- RAINN – Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network, 800.656.HOPE (4673)
More information about available resources can be found here:
Please note the Student Handbook is the official document provided to students that includes these policies. Please refer to the Student Handbook for any updates to these policies and practices.