What should I do if someone I know…?


Be supportive 
If someone comes to you for help, recognize that he or she might be struggling with painful feelings—anger, fear, denial, or embarrassment—and you may well be the first person he or she has told.  Provide support and give assurance that campus resources are available to help. Offer to assist in accessing college resources, such as the Title IX Coordinator and/or others listed under Resources & Contacts.

Keep it confidential
Be appropriately discrete in all of your interactions with others. College employees may not guarantee complete confidentiality because they are obligated by CCS policy and federal law to report information about sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.
 
Provide information and options
There are resources available both on-campus and in the community to help your friend through this situation.  There are several things your friend may want to think about: medical care, collecting evidence, reporting to the police and seeking counseling. It is important to provide information but to allow your friend to make his or her own choices.
 
In order for the college to appropriately respond to instances of sexual misconduct involving students, the Title IX Coordinator must be informed about the incident. The Title IX Coordinator will help with interim measures to ensure that a survivor is safe on campus and obtains any educational assistance needed. The Title IX Coordinator will also provide additional information about options for pursuing a college investigation against a student or employee, as well as options for reporting to local law enforcement.

Be an advocate for change
Speak out against all forms of sexual violence; model behavior that values respect for others; and remember that consent is a free and active agreement given equally by both parties to engage in a specific sexual activity.  Giving in is NOT the same as giving consent.