Sexual Assault is defined as any time anyone does anything of a sexual nature without the expressed participatory consent of all parties involved. This can include penetration (the insertion of any object into any opening) or contact (touching an unwilling or underage person's intimate parts or forcing an unwilling or underage person to touch another's intimate parts). Sexual assault may involve use of force, threat, coercion, surprise, or by taking advantage of a person's trust/helplessness.
Procedures for Reporting a Sexual Assault
The College strongly urges all members of the community to immediately report any incident of sexual assault to the College Police Department. Upon notification, there will be a professional College Police officer assigned to the incident for full investigation. At all times during the process, the victim's rights and courtesy will be highly maintained. It is extremely important to preserve any and all evidence from an incident for proof of an offense.
If you feel you are a sexual assault victim, follow these procedures:
- Do not shower, bathe or wash (douche).
- Contact the College Police Department immediately at Ext. 3333 and say you want to make a sexual assault complaint. You may call any time — day or night.
- If you change, do not discard any items of clothing.
- Do not disturb anything in the area where the incident occurred.
- If at all possible, secure the area.
All efforts will be made to assist the victim with support and counseling efforts through contact with the Health Center and the Counseling Center. If reasonably available, Marietta College will make every effort to change a victims academic and living arrangement after an assault. Options include a change of housing assignment and/or a change of class section.
College Police Sexual Assault Response Commitment
Sexual assaults, including date/acquaintance rape, are a very serious concern of the College. If you feel you are the victim of a sexual assault on campus, your Marietta College College Police Department is committed to the following:
- We will meet with you privately, at a place of your choice in this area, to take a complaint report.
- We will not release your name to the public or press.
- Our officers will not prejudge you, and you will not be blamed for what occurred.
- We will treat you and your particular case with courtesy, sensitivity, dignity, understanding and professionalism.
- If you feel more comfortable talking with a female or male officer, we will do our best to accommodate your request. An advocate from the Dean of Students Office is available to assist you through the process.
- We will assist you in arranging for any hospital treatment or other medical needs.
- We will assist you by privately contacting the Counseling Center and other available support resources.
- We will fully investigate your case, and will help you to achieve the best outcome. This may involve the arrest and full prosecution of the suspect responsible. You will be kept up-to-date on the progress of the investigation and/or prosecution.
- We will continue to be available for you, to answer your questions, to explain the systems and processes involved (prosecutor, court, etc.) and to be a listening ear if you wish.
- We will consider your case seriously regardless of your gender or sexual orientation, and regardless of the gender or sexual orientation of the suspect.
In all cases of an alleged sex offense that are handled within the campus creed, both the accuser and the accused are entitled to have witnesses to support their position and an advisor as outlined in the Student Handbook. Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome and any sanctions that are imposed against the accused. These procedures apply only to a student accused.
For specifics on procedures, please refer to the student conduct portion of the Student Handbook , as well page 35 — "Discriminatory Harassment Policy and Procedures/Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures" for more information.
Faculty & Staff should reference page 41 of the Employee Handbook for additional procedures.
- Believe and Accept
- This is the most important factor in a person's recovery.
- There is no need to search for reasons, just care.
- No More Violence
- The survivor has already dealt with one uncontrollably violent person, don’t give her/him another one to deal with. Be there for the survivor.
- Give the Survivor Control
- Let the survivor make even the smallest of decisions, and ask what her/his most outstanding concern is. This should be addressed first.
- Realize Your Limitations
- You are not a counselor, you probably don't have the answers, and you don’t have to.
Steps to Follow
- Ascertain the physical well being of the survivor
Ask if she/he is physically all right. The survivor may be in shock and unaware of her/his injuries, so explore this issue beyond initial questioning and observation if you feel it is necessary. Don't assume that a person who has experienced the trauma of sexual assault will necessarily react in an openly emotional manner. Many times the survivor will appear to be calm, and occasionally even emotionally removed from the incident.
- Ensure privacy
Make sure the survivor has as much privacy as she/he desires when speaking with you. Having anyone other than the survivor present should be the survivor's decision. Ask if the survivor would like someone, such as a roommate or friend, with her/him during your conversation. If so, discuss the importance of confidentiality with that individual.
- Notify the Campus Sexual Assault Advocate (x4477)
Serving as the sexual assault advocate, she will work with you in assisting the assaulted student and explaining to the survivor the Marietta College protocol. Please inform the survivor that there are certain situations you will not handle on your own and require the help of the sexual assault advocate.
- Provide emotional support to the survivor
The fact that the survivor has told you about the assault indicates a great deal of trust in you. It is important that you remain with the survivor as much as possible and continue to be supportive and reinforce her/his decision to get help. Although the Sexual Assault Advocate plays the primary role in organizing assistance for the survivor, you can play a critical role in the survivor's emotional recovery.
- Maintain confidentiality
Confidentiality is extremely important. Often the survivor will want no one other than those already involved to know what has happened and the survivor's wishes must be respected. However, hearing the details of the assault may arouse intense feelings for you as a support person and you may feel a strong need to talk with someone. Discuss your concerns with the Sexual Assault Advocate or a counselor and/or clinical psychologist. Do not discuss any aspects of the assault with other faculty, administration, staff or students.
Sexual Assault Advocate: x4477
(after business hours: 740-568-1016)
Dr. Michael Harding, Clinical Psychologist: x4477
(after business hours: 740-525-3665 / 740-376-9402).
If neither one of them are available, call S.A.I.N. at 374-3111 or College Police at extension 4611.
Sex Offender Registration
A list of registered sex offenders is available from Washington County Sheriff's Web site.