I Don't Know What to Do

If you have experienced sexual misconduct or think you have, help is available.  This is not your fault and there are resources available both on and off campus to help you.

What is Sexual Misconduct?

Anyone can be a victim regardless of their gender, age or sexual orientation. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following prohibited behaviors:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Stalking
  • Dating Violence
  • Domestic Violence
  • Retaliation

For detailed descriptions of each behavior please see our Policy & Definitions page.

Steps to Consider

Seek medical attention - We strongly advise that an individual who experiences an act of sexual misconduct follow through with seeking medical attention.  Seeking medical attention does not mean that you will follow through with reporting, but rather allows you to get the attention you may need.  For students, the Student Health Services (610-436-2509) can provide free and confidential treatment to injuries, STD/STI testing, pregnancy testing, and emergency contraception.  Student Health Services does not provide post-assault forensic evidence collection (commonly referred to as a 'rape kit').  If you wish to seek post-assault forensic evidence collection the nurse practitioners at Student Health Services can help you locate a medical provider who offers this service. Chester County and Paoli Hospitals have SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) nurses within their staff.

Seek Support - While you may feel uncomfortable sharing your story with someone else, seeking support is highly recommended.  There are resources provided on campus for you to help in this difficult time.  The following are a few resources offered on-campus and are confidential and free of charge:
Counseling and Psychological Services
Commonwealth Hall, Lower Level

While you may not be ready to share your experience and use the above resources, please remember that seeking support is an important part of the healing process.  You may consider reaching out to a trusted friend or family member if professional support is not attained.  To see more resources, both on and off campus, please visit our Resources page.  If you do not feel comfortable sharing with individuals on-campus, please consider contacting one of our community resources.  

Possible Reactions

Incidents of sexual misconduct are unwarranted, traumatic, and can alter academic and social progress.  During this difficult time you may be experiencing a variety of emotions.  Many survivors experience fear, anxiety, depression, and self-blame.  These emotions can be exhibited both emotionally and/or physically.  Difficultly sleeping and concentrating, social withdraw, nightmares, and flashbacks are all common responses.  If you are experiencing any of these reactions, you are not alone.

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