Indiana University is committed to preventing and responding promptly to all forms of sexual misconduct, including incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual violence, including stalking, domestic violence, and dating violence. All employees of the university have an obligation to help further this commitment.
Facts about sexual violence you need to know
- 1 in 5 undergraduate women experience sexual assault during college
- 3% of men in college have been sexually assaulted
- Sexual assault survivors are more likely to experience depression and anxiety
- Sexual violence may affect a student’s academic performance
- Someone who has been sexually assaulted or raped may use different terms to describe the experience
How to provide support
If you are the first person someone who’s experienced sexual misconduct reaches out to, it is important that you know how to respond. Here are some tips on how to provide helpful information and explain the university’s process.
- Encourage the person to seek medical and/or professional counseling attention immediately, if they have not done so.
- Don’t promise absolute confidentiality. If you are a Responsible Employee, you should clarify from the start that you are obligated to report any information of sexual misconduct brought to your attention to certain individuals at the university who are trained to respond appropriately. Direct students or employees seeking complete anonymity to speak only with individuals designated as confidential employees on their campus.
- Do not pressure an individual to tell you more information than they are comfortable sharing. It is not your role to draw conclusions or determine what has happened.
- Do not try to counsel. Your role is to listen, and then refer the person to available resources. Encourage students to seek counseling services by licensed, professional counselors available on each IU campus. Employees can receive counseling through the IU Employee Assistance Program.
- Encourage an individual to utilize campus resources, and to consider filing a report with IUPD or filing a formal complaint through the university process.
- Protect the privacy of all those involved. Beyond the required reporting, do not share personal information or facts with others.