1.14—Appendix B: If One is a Victim of Sexual Violence
If One is a Victim of Sexual Violence
If one is a victim of sexual violence, some or all of these protection measures may guide one after an incident has occurred.
- Go to a safe place and speak with someone you trust. Tell this person what happened. If there is any immediate danger, call 911.
- Consider securing immediate professional support (e.g., counseling, victim advocacy) to assist you in the crisis. If you are on campus during regular business hours, students may go to Counseling Services (906-487-2538) located on the 3rd floor of the Administration Building. After regular business hours or on weekends, a Michigan Tech Counselor is available by calling 906-487-2216. Employees may seek assistance from the Employee Assistance Program from Northstar at 906-225-3145 or www.northstareap.com. If you are off campus, you may go to Dial Help (906-482-4357 or text 906-356-3337) located at 609 Shelden Ave in Houghton. Dial Help is available 24/7. These are all confidential resources.
- For your safety and well-being, immediate medical attention is encouraged. Further, being examined as soon as possible, ideally within 120 hours, is important in the case of rape or sexual assault. Local health care provided by LifePoint Health (UP Health System - Portage), located in Hancock, MI at 500 Campus Drive (906-483-1000).
- Even after the immediate crisis has passed, and if you have not done so, consider seeking support from a mental health counselor or victim advocate.
- Contact the Title IX Coordinator, the Office of Academic and Community Conduct, or Public Safety and Police Services or local police, to report the incident and/or to seek assistance with concerns, such as no-contact orders or other protective measures. They will also assist in any needed advocacy for those who wish to obtain protective or restraining orders from local authorities.
- Michigan Tech is able to offer reasonable academic supports, changes to living/work arrangements, transportation resources, offer information about legal assistance, visa/immigration assistance, student financial aid, safewalk, counseling services access, and other supports and resources as needed by a complainant.
If one is a victim of sexual violence, it is important to preserve evidence. For one's safety and well-being, immediate medical attention is encouraged. Further, being examined as soon as possible, ideally within 120 hours, is important in the case of rape or sexual assault.
- To preserve evidence, it is recommended that you do not bathe, shower, douche, eat, drink, smoke, brush your teeth, urinate, defecate, or change clothes before receiving medical attention. Even if you have already taken any of these actions, you are still encouraged to have prompt medical care, and evidence may still be recoverable.
- Typically, if police are involved or will be involved, they will obtain evidence from the scene, and it is best to leave things undisturbed until their arrival. The will gather bedding, linens or unlaundered clothing, and any other pertinent articles that may be used for evidence. It is best to allow police to secure items in evidence containers, but if you are involved in transmission of items of evidence, such as to the hospital, secure them in a clean paper bag or clean sheet to avoid contamination.
- If you have physical injuries, photograph or have them photographed, with a date stamp on the photo.
- Record the names of any witnesses and their contact information. This information may be helpful as proof of a crime, to obtain an order of protection, or to offer proof of a campus policy violation.
- Try to memorize details (e.g., physical description names, license plate number, car description, etc.), or even better, write notes to remind you of details, if you have the time and ability to do so.
- If you obtain external orders of protection (e.g., retraining orders, injunctions, protection from abuse), please notify the local police department if off-campus or if on-campus, notify Public Safety and Police Services and/or the Title IX Coordinator so that those orders called a no contact order can be observed on campus.
A summary of rights, options, supports, and procedures, in the form of this document, is provided to all complainants, whether they are students, employees, or third parties.