Responding to Sexual Violence

Responding to Sexual Violence

If you or someone you know has become a victim of sexual violence, it can be difficult to figure out what to do first. This page tries to pull together resources to make your journey less stressful.

The Process at Millersville

This event likely will disrupt your focus for a while. Find some folks who can support you through it.

If you have been assaulted, you may need to think about preserving evidence in case you decide to file an official complaint. Take photos, keep clothing, don't shower if there may be fluids.

One of the first decisions you might want to consider is whether you want to get counseling services. Counseling is available through the Counseling Center, the YWCA, or through outside providers. You need to take care of yourself. Make an appointment just in case you may want one later. You can always cancel it if you don't want it.

If the person who committed the assault is on campus, you can request changes to make you more comfortable. You arrange these accommodations by talking to the Title IX Coordinator in the SMC.

The Title IX Coordinator can take an informal or a formal report. The informal report can get you the accommodations. The formal report insures that the university will do an investigation and you also get the accommodations. If you prefer, rather than a formal hearing, you can request mediation or restorative justice for a more casual approach.

You are allowed an advisor through the process who can be with you in all meetings and hearings. This person can help you navigate the process through times of confusion or stress. It is a great idea to have this type of support. 

Some of the types of accommodations that you can ask for include:

  • changes to housing or classes if you are in proximity to the perpetrator, including emergency relocation;
  • accommodations to class deadlines or homework so you have time to recover, including withdrawals from classes;
  • issuance of a "No Contact" or "No Trespass" order; and
  • other reasonable accommodations.

Quick Contact Info

Center for Health Information and Promotion (CHEP)