What Should I Do If I Am Sexually Assaulted?
Get to a safe place *If you are in an immediate crisis call 911 or Campus Police 609-771-2345*
Call a friend, a family member, or someone you can trust and ask them to stay with you.
Get immediate medical attention for possible injuries, sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy. Even if you think that you do not have any physical injuries, you should still have a medical examination and discuss the possibility of sexually transmitted infections with a medical provider.
What Is Sexual Assault?
In New Jersey, sexual assault includes any form of unwanted or involuntary touching or penetration of intimate body parts, by the same or opposite sex. This can include being forced to touch someone else.
“Unwanted or involuntary” means sexual contact without the consent of the victim, including the use of threats, intimidation, coercion, or physical force. It also includes victims who are unable to give consent, because of their age or because they are physically helpless, mentally incapacitated, or intoxicated.
Sexual offenders are often someone known to the victim, such as a friend, acquaintance, date, spouse, or family member. The terms “date rape” or “acquaintance rape” are often used to describe this association, but this does not imply a less serious form of sexual assault.
What Is Consent?
Consent is an agreement that 2 people must make if they want to have sex. The issue of consent can be a complicated and ambiguous area that needs to be addressed with clear, open, and honest communication. Keep these points in mind if you are not sure consent has been established:
Both partners need to be fully conscious and aware.
The use of alcohol or other substances can interfere with someone’s ability to make clear decisions about the level of intimacy they are comfortable with. The more intoxicated a person is, the less they are able to give conscious consent.
Both partners are equally free to act.
The decision to be sexually intimate must be without coercion. Both partners must have the option to choose to be intimate or not. Both partners should be free to change “yes” to “no” at any time. Factors such as body size, previous victimization, threats to “out” someone, and other fears can prevent an individual from freely consenting.
Both partners clearly communicate their willingness and permission.
Willingness and permission must be communicated clearly and unambiguously. Just because a person fails to resist sexual advances does not mean that she or he is willing. Consent is not the absence of the word “no.”
Both partners are positive and sincere in their desires.
It is important to be honest in communicating feelings about consent. If one person states her or his desires, the other person can make informed decisions about the encounter.
What Happens During The Medical Exam?
Please visit our Preserving Evidence Page for a comprehensive overview of what occurs during a medical exam.
Does Title IX Protect Me If I Was Harassed Or Assaulted By A School Employee?
Yes. Title IX also protects Faculty and staff from forms of sexual harassment (including sexual violence and sexual abuse), carried out by school employees. Sexual harassment by school employees can include unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including but not limited to sexual activity. In some circumstances, nonsexual conduct may take on sexual connotations and rise to the level of sexual harassment. For example, a faculty/staff member repeatedly hugging and putting his or her arms around another faculty/staff member under inappropriate circumstances could create a hostile environment.
Does Title IX Protect Me If I Was Harassed, Bullied, Or Assaulted Off Campus?
Often, yes. Title IX requires schools to address a hostile educational environment even when the abuse occurs off campus, such as on the school bus, during a field trip or extracurricular activity, or online. If sexual harassment off campus or online has created a hostile environment for you or a friend, your school should intervene and address the harmful conduct.
What If The Assailant Doesn’t Go To My School?
The appropriate response will differ depending on the level of control the school has over the alleged perpetrator. For example, if an athlete or band member from a visiting school sexually assaults a Faculty or staff at the home school, the home school may not be able to directly discipline or take direct action against the visiting member. However, your school has to conduct an inquiry into what occurred and report the incident to the visiting school and encourage the visiting school to take appropriate action to prevent further sexual violence. Your school should also notify you of the right to file a complaint with the alleged perpetrator’s school or local law enforcement. Your school may also decide not to invite the visiting school back to its campus. Even though a school’s ability to take direct action against a particular perpetrator may be limited, the school must still take steps to provide appropriate remedies for the complainant and, where appropriate, the broader school population. This may include providing support services for the complainant, and issuing new policy statements making it clear that the school does not tolerate sexual violence and will respond to any reports about such incidents. – Adapted from DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS Title IX FAQ’s
What Are “Interim And Remedial Measures” Or “Accommodations” Under Title IX?
Title IX requires schools to provide survivors reasonable accommodations (like free counseling services or class changes) needed to stay in school and enjoy equal access to educational opportunities. Schools must provide these reasonable accommodations regardless of a survivor’s decision to undergo a school investigation or the status of that investigation, but the breadth of those accommodations may be limited if a survivor declines to pursue an investigation. See our Interim & Remedial Measures Page for more information.
What Is Retaliation? Can My School Retaliate Against Me?
Retaliation is punishing, intimidating, threatening, coercing, or in any way discriminating against an individual because of the individual’s complaint or participation in an investigation. Title IX makes it unlawful for your school to retaliate against you. If you report violence to your school, assist in a classmate’s complaint, or make a civil rights complaint to any state or federal agency, it is unlawful for your school to punish you. For example: If you make a report to your school about sexual harassment by a classmate on your soccer team, the coach can’t take you off the starting line-up as punishment. Nor can your school suspend you or punish you in other ways for participating in the conduct you’ve reported as abusive.
A school should also tell complainants and witnesses that Title IX prohibits retaliation by other faculty/staff members, such as bullying, and that school officials will not only take steps to prevent retaliation, but will also take strong responsive action if it occurs. If you are being retaliated against by your school or someone else, you should try to document the retaliation. A school should also tell complainants and witnesses that Title IX prohibits retaliation, and that school officials will not only take steps to prevent retaliation, but will also take strong responsive action if it occurs.
Who Are Responsible Employees (Mandated Reporters) And What Are Their Duties?
For specific information on RE’s please refer: https://titleix.tcnj.edu/responsible-employee/
- All Deans
- Student Affairs Staff
- All Advisers of Student Organizations (Faculty in this role would report all incidents that occur with members of this organization)
If you have any questions about your status as a Responsible Employee please contact the Title IX Coordinator and she will help you navigate.
Jordan Draper | firstname.lastname@example.org | 609-771-3266
I Am A Responsible Employee, Why Do I Have To Report A Sexual Violence, Stalking Or Sexual Harassment Incident?
The College of New Jersey strives to provide a safe environment in which faculty/staff members can pursue their education free from the detrimental effects of sexual misconduct. If there is a culture of sexual violence in our community, then we are not meeting this effort. Reporting incidents of sexual misconduct help us in meeting this effort. Second, Title IX of the United States Department of Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sexual discrimination. A student who is sexually harassed or assaulted may also suffer from unequal access to educational opportunities and may be afraid to come to campus, go to class, or visit a faculty or staff member’s office. While statistics on sexual violence on campuses across the nation have increased, it is still believed that these cases are severely under reported. In April 2011, The US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights distributed a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL). The DCL expanded the required steps that schools (colleges and K-12) must take if there is a violation of Title IX and this includes all Deans, Supervisors, Club Advisors, and Student Affairs Staff.
What Do I Have To Report?
If anyone in the campus community (student, faculty, or staff member) reports an incident involving sexual violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual harassment. Even if the assault occurs off campus, if it involves TCNJ students, faculty or staff it must be reported by Responsible Employees. For your convenience, there is an online form you can fill out (button below). Or please feel free to contact the Title IX Coordinator, Jordan Draper, directly at email@example.com or 609-771-3266.
For more information on REs please refer: https://titleix.tcnj.edu/responsible-employee/
When Do I Let The Student, Faculty Or Staff Member Know That I Am Required To Report?
If a student, faculty, or staff member begins to tell you about a sexual assault or sexual harassment incident you should interrupt the student and explain you are mandated to report any information they confide in you. Being prepared by having the statement below in your office or discussing it with a student group you advise at the beginning of the year may help to keep misunderstandings from occurring. “I need to tell you that I am considered a mandated reporter. I must inform the College an incident has occurred. I don’t want to scare or intimidate you, but your personal safety and overall health is our number one concern. The reason we do this report is to make sure you are able to get all the help and support you need. If you do not want details of what occurred reported or are not interested in making a complaint at this time, you have the right to maintain your privacy. I will only report what you confide in me.
How Should I Respond To A Student Who Reports To Me?
The most important things to do are to listen, believe the student, ask if the student feels safe, and determine how to help with physical and mental health. Encourage the student to report the incident to one or more of the following options:
- Speak with a confidential resource at AVI, CAPS, or the TCNJ Clinic.
- File a police report with TCNJ Campus Police. 607-771-2345
- File a report with the Title IX Coordinator. firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-771-3266
- File an online report through Here:
How Soon Do I Have To Report?
You need to report the incident within 24 hours after hearing or witnessing a sexual violence, stalking or sexual harassment incident. The sooner you report, the sooner the information can be investigated and less opportunity for an offender to continue the behavior.
How Far Back Can A Case Be Reported?
Sexual violence, stalking, and sexual harassment incidents can be reported as far back as the reporter OR the alleged offender was a student at TCNJ at the time of the incident.
I Am NOT A Responsible Employee, Why Should I Report A Sexual Violence, Stalking Or Sexual Harassment Incident?
The College of New Jersey strives to provide a safe environment in which faculty/staff members can pursue their work free from the detrimental effects of sexual misconduct. If there is a culture of sexual violence in our community, then we are not meeting this effort. Reporting incidents of sexual misconduct help us in meeting this effort and by giving information to a central location we hope to reduce the instances of sexual violence occurring on our campus.
If you would like more information or would like outside resources you can visit the following link: Changing Campus
If you have any questions about information on this website please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Jordan Draper, at email@example.com.