WHY SHOULD I READ THIS?
Reading this will help. The purpose of this guide is to help you find and access support, understand your rights as a victim, know your reporting options, and begin to sort through your emotions.
This guide includes three main resource sections: medical and physical concerns, legal and reporting options, and coping with emotions. These sections are intended to help you navigate the various options you have in responding to what happened and to take care of yourself.
For more information about SCSU’s Sexual Violence Policy, please visit the Women’s Center website: www.stcloudstate.edu/womenscenter. For general information about campus sexual violence, visit MN’s department of Health’s website: www.health.state.mn.us/injury/topic/svp/campuskit.
A NOTE FROM THE WOMEN’S CENTER
We want you to know that this terrible thing that has happened to you never should have happened. Please know that you are a good person and this isn’t your fault. Know that sometimes bad things happen to really good people. We want you to know that there are resources out there for you to access. As advocates from the Women’s Center it is our responsibility to educate you about your rights and support you through the process so that you can make the best informed decision about how to proceed in your healing process. This handout is designed to help you navigate the systems that you have the right to use.
Sexual violence includes a continuum of conduct that includes sexual assault, and non-forcible sex acts, as well as aiding acts of sexual violence.
Sexual assault is an actual, attempted or threatened sexual act with another person without that person’s consent. This includes coercing, forcing or attempting to coerce or force sexual intercourse or a sexual act. It includes involvement of any sex act when the victim is unable to give consent. SCSU policy also includes offensive sexual behaviors such as indecent exposure or voyeurism.
Sexual assault is often a criminal act that can be prosecuted under Minnesota law, as well as form the basis for discipline under the SCSU Code of Student Conduct and employee disciplinary standards.
Consent is informed, freely given, and mutually understood. If there is coercion, intimidation, threats, and/or physical force, there is no consent. There is no consent if the victim is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired so that the victim cannot understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual situation and the condition is known or should have been known by a reasonable person. This includes conditions due to alcohol or drug consumption, or being asleep or unconscious. SCSU recognizes that silence does not necessarily constitute consent, and past consent of sexual activities does not imply ongoing future consent.