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Navigating sexual violence reporting and support resources

Following an experience of sexual assault or another form of sexual violence, it may be challenging to not only process the experience, but to decide whether or not you want to seek medical care, report the incident, or connect with mental health support. The questions below may be helpful to some victims and survivors in navigating resources, though how each individual processes their experience and prefers to seek out resources is different. For a full list of resources, visit our home page.

 

Exploring both “confidential” and “private” resources

Throughout this page, you will see the term “Confidential Resource” being used frequently. ASU’s three confidential resources for students — ASU Counseling Services, ASU Victim Services, and ASU Health Services — are not mandatory reporters. ASU Employees can also connect with the Employee Assistance Office for confidential support. All other university resources, including Student Advocacy and Assistance, The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Office of University Rights and Responsibilities are mandatory reporters. While these resources are not confidential, they are private and only share information with other university offices and officials who need to be involved in providing support or assisting with the reporting process.

 

Are you seeking resources for yourself or for someone you know?

If at any point you feel distressed, you can exit this webpage using the quick exit button in the right-hand corner of this page.

In addition to navigating through this page, visit the Sun Devil Support Network for more information on supporting someone who has experienced sexual or relationship violence.

At times, individuals may feel unsure about an incident, experience or relationship and be wary to use labels such as “violence" or “assault”. If you are experiencing distress and are concerned about an encounter, experience, or relationship, it can be helpful to talk to someone, even if you are still feeling unsure about what it was you experienced. Any experience which is causing discomfort, concern, or distress is worthy of seeking additional support.

Do you want to tell someone about your experience?

There isn’t a right or wrong answer when it comes to disclosure and it’s normal to feel unsure. For some individuals, the first step may be to tell a trusted family member or friend. The Rape Abuse and Incest National Network provides guidance on how to talk to a friend or family member.

Other victims/survivors might feel more comfortable talking with a trained advocate or mental health professional prior to talking with others. Visit the confidential support tab if you’d like to seek support from someone who does not have a mandatory reporting responsibility.

For some, they might be ready to report the incident. Visit sexualviolenceprevention.asu.edu/report for more information about how to report an incident of sexual violence.

Continue to navigate the resources on this page and throughout the website to determine if you want to report the incident, get medical assistance, and/or seek mental and emotional support.

Speaking about your experience is no easy task. It takes an incredible amount of vulnerability and courage, and we recognize that this doesn’t mean that you couldn’t still use additional support. Continue to navigate through this page to explore additional options for support at the university and within your local community.

Do you wish to utilize resources here at ASU?

ASU Counseling Services, ASU Health Services, and ASU Victim Advocates are confidential resources. The Office of Employee Assistance is a confidential resource for faculty and staff. The Office of Student Advocacy and Assistance (SAA) is a helpful first step in learning more about the resources available to all students. While not confidential, SAA is a private resource. Reporting options can be found at sexualviolenceprevention.asu.edu/report

That’s okay. The National Sexual Assault Hotline provides crisis support to victims and survivors and can be a helpful first step. Visit the Resources section for more local and national resources outside of ASU.

Continuing to learn about the resources on this page may help you decide if you would like to connect to resources at the university, nationally or locally. Even if you do not wish to speak with someone affiliated with ASU, talking with a community resource or a trusted friend or family member may be helpful in deciding the next steps you wish to take.

ASU is here to assist with reporting and connecting with support, but we recognize that some may not wish to use university resources, or that their needs may be better met through community resources. Do you wish to utilize community resources?

The National Sexual Assault Hotline provides crisis support to victims and survivors and can be a helpful first step. Visit the Resources section for more local and national resources outside of ASU.

ASU Counseling Services, ASU Health Services, and ASU Victim Advocates are confidential resources. The Office of Employee Assistance is a confidential resource for faculty and staff. The Office of Student Advocacy and Assistance (SAA) is a helpful first step in learning more about the resources available to all students. While not confidential, SAA is a private resource. Reporting options can be found at sexualviolenceprevention.asu.edu/report

Continuing to learn about the resources on this page may help you decide if you would like to connect to resources at the university, nationally or locally. Even if you do not wish to speak with someone affiliated with ASU, talking with a community resource or a trusted friend or family member may be helpful in deciding the next steps you wish to take.

Do you wish to report the incident in some way?

The following reporting options are available to ASU students, faculty and staff, who are victims and survivors. We understand someone’s identity and individual circumstances may determine if and how a victim or survivor chooses to make a report. A victim can choose to pursue one or more of these reporting options. You can choose to report to just the police, just the university, or both. You can also choose to report to neither and speak to a victim advocate. It’s your choice.

Police Department

Filing a police report does not obligate you to press charges. You may file a police report to document your experience without pressing charges.

In an emergency situation or to make a report to the police, dial 9-1-1. The local police department will send an officer to take your report. Make sure to say where the incident took place; on or off campus, and in which city. You can also call the city's police department. If the incident occurred on campus, an ASU Police Department officer will be sent to take your report. You have the right to have a support person or advocate with you during the conversation.

Sometimes victims/survivors do not report incidents immediately due to a variety of reasons. While reporting closest to the incident will provide the highest likelihood that evidence can be collected, you should report if and when you feel most comfortable to do so.

Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (Students)

Incidents that include only students can be reported to ASU Student Rights and Responsibilities. Investigations include interviews, collection of relevant evidence, and both parties are notified of the investigation results. Student Advocacy and Assistance will provide additional support services during the investigation. Reporting to ASU Student Rights and Responsibilities can be done in addition to reporting to the police for criminal prosecution.

Office of University Rights and Responsibilities (Staff and Faculty)

Any incidents that include faculty or staff can be reported to the Office of University Rights and Responsibilities (URR). Reporting to URR can be done in addition to reporting to the police for criminal prosecution. File an incident report with the Office of University Rights and Responsibilities at 480-965-5057 or urr@asu.edu.

Title IX Coordinator

If you are unsure about what to do in a situation where sexual misconduct may have occurred, you can contact the Title IX Coordinator. You can also file a formal complaint of Title IX sexual harassment with the Title IX Coordinator. View the ASU Title IX Statement for more information on policies and procedures related to Title IX.

ASU Hotline

Reports received through the hotline will be sent to the appropriate office for investigation and follow-up. Complaints that involve students will be sent to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Complaints that involve faculty or staff members will be sent to the Office of University Rights and Responsibilities. Please note: anonymous reporting will limit the ability to investigate. For more information, visit audit.asu.edu/asu-hotline or call 1-877-SUN-DEVL (786-3385).

Even if a victim or survivor decides not to report immediately following the incident, they can always do so in the future. In both criminal justice investigations by the police and administrative investigations by the university, it is helpful to report closer to the time the incident occurred as it is more likely that evidence will be preserved and that any witnesses involved will have a clearer picture of what happened. If someone would like to have a forensic examination done, it must be completed within 120 hours (5 days of the assault).

Do you wish to seek medical care?

ASU Health Services is dedicated to the well-being and educational success of each student, and offers more than 20 board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners. It is important that victims of sexual and relationship violence seek medical care to have their injuries treated and checked for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. ASU Health Services does not provide forensic exams, these can only be provided through the Family Advocacy Centers in the Phoenix area. (See more information below about Forensic Medical Exams)

If you decide you do not want to seek medical care, you can always do so at a later time for ongoing health concerns. However, please keep in mind that if you do wish to have a forensic medical exam done to collect evidence following the assault, it must be done within 120 hours (5 days) and can be completed at a Family Advocacy Center.

If you are still unsure about what to do, you are not alone. Experiencing sexual violence is a traumatic event that can have an impact on your physical, mental and emotional well-being. If you are unsure about what to do, you can reach out to ASU Student Advocacy and Assistance or the Title IX Coordinator. Remember, these resources are private, but not confidential. For confidential resources, visit sexualviolenceprevention.asu.edu/confidential-support.

Are you considering having a forensic examination?

A forensic exam, sometimes called a SANE Exam or a Rape Kit, collects evidence following an experience of sexual assault. The Honor Health Forensic Nurse Examiner Program collaborates with cities across Maricopa County to ensure exams are conducted in trauma-informed spaces within Family Advocacy Centers. The Honor Health Forensic Nurse Examiner Program holds a contract with Maricopa County to provide all forensic exams. Exams are not conducted in hospital settings, except in the case of emergencies and health concerns that require immediate attention. Forensic exams are free of charge.

Review the Arizona Sexual Assault Forensic Exam Factsheet, developed by the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, to learn more about forensic exams.

If you report sexual assault to a police department, they will ask you if you would like to have a forensic exam if the assault happened within the last 120 hours (5 days). If you decide to have a forensic exam, they will work with the forensic nurse to have the exam done in a Family Advocacy Center. Depending on where the sexual assault took place, Victim Advocates from the local city will attend with you to explain your options. Regardless of where the assault took place, ASU Police Department Victim Advocates can provide support.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization also states that any victim can receive a forensic exam, regardless of whether or not they choose to report to a police department. These exams, referred to as “VAWA exams,” also need to be conducted within 5 days of the experience. A VAWA exam can be scheduled by calling 480-312-6339.

That’s okay, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to seeking a forensic examination and it is understandable that one might choose not to pursue this.

Do you wish to seek mental health support?

If you wish to utilize ASU resources, ASU Counseling Services is a confidential resource that can support your mental and emotional well-being. ASU Counseling Services can talk with you about your experience, make a referral for outside support, and/or provide information about support groups. ASU Counseling Services staff are reflective of the diversity of the ASU student community, and has counselors of different identities and backgrounds. Victims and survivors of sexual violence will not be charged for their counseling appointment if they state the reason they are seeking support is due to sexual violence.

Should you wish to seek support after hours, contact ASU’s dedicated mental health line through EMPACT: 480-921-1006.

There are a variety of mental health resources available to ASU students through community resources.

That’s alright, how you wish to seek support is your choice. If you decide not to seek mental health counseling, you can always do so at any point in time. You may wish to reach out to a trusted friend or family member. While not a mental health professional, talking to a trusted person in one’s life can provide additional daily support and assistance when it comes to navigating next steps.

Resource contact information

For Emergencies call 9-1-1

ASU Police Department
480-965-3456
Help is available 24/7

ASU Counseling Services (students)
480-965-6146

ASU Health Services
480-965-3349

Employee Assistance Office
480-965-2271

Crisis Support is available 24/7 by contacting

EMPACT Hotline (students)
480-921-1006

Behavioral Health Crisis Line (employees)
602-222-9444

RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline (National)
1-800-656-HOPE(4673)

Family Advocacy Centers (FAC)
A FAC is the only center that provides a forensic exam. Individuals may make an appointment on their own during regular business hours. After hours, individuals will need to be transported by ASU or local police

Center Against Family Violence
225 E. 1st St, Mesa, AZ 8520
480-644-4075

Family Advocacy Center
2120 N Central Ave #250, Phoenix, AZ
85004-1453
602-534-2120

Scottsdale Family Advocacy Center
10225 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
480-312-6340

Glendale Family Advocacy Center
4600 W. Glendale, Glendale, AZ 85301
623-930-3720