Rape or other sexual assault can occur at any time without regard to factors such as age, sex, or mode of dress. There is no absolute protection from sexual assault, but if you are aware, you can reduce the likelihood of being attacked. Be alert! (For example, never leave your beverage unattended at a bar, restaurant, or party.) Know how alcohol affects you. Trust your instincts. If a situation starts to feel uncomfortable, leave. Most campus sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows.
If you are assaulted, there are things you can do:
•· Try to remain calm.
•· Attempt to use actions, gestures, or words, to get the attacker to talk to you.
•· To stall for time, engage in conversation to show the attacker that you are not resisting.
•· Notice everything you can about the assailant (age, height, skin, hair, speech, clothes, scars, etc.)
•· If you are not in your own room, remember everything you can about the setting.
•· Leave your fingerprints everywhere you can.
•· Leave a small personal item (button, earring) that can be traced back to you.
•· Preserve all physical evidence carefully. Do not bathe, douche, or change clothing.
•· Do not touch any object handled by the attacker.
•· JTS recommends that you immediately ask for assistance from Security, a residence hall staff person, a friend, St. Luke's Rape Crisis Intervention (212-523-4728), or the NYPD 26th Precinct (212-678-1311). The decision to seek assistance is yours to make. You may also report the matter to a Designated JTS Official under the Policy on Discrimination and Harassment, available at www.jtsa.edu/policies.
•· The Columbia University Sexual Violence Response program provides comprehensive and integrated education, support, and advocacy about sexual and relationship violence. Sexual Violence Response can be reached at (212) 854-3500 or through their website at www.health.columbia.edu/docs/services/svprp/index.html.
When reporting an assault to JTS:
•· Your identity will be kept confidential to the extent practicable and consistent with JTS's legal obligations.
•· You will receive information on resources, services, and options available to you.
•· JTS will provide transportation for medical assistance.
•· It will be your decision whether or not to contact the police.
•· You will be accompanied to police or court proceedings at your request.
•· Following a determination of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking, JTS may sanction the respondent with penalties up to and including suspension, dismissal, or termination of employment or participation in an academic program.
When reporting an assault to the police:
•· If you so request, a female member of the Sex Crimes Analysis Unit will speak with you.
•· It will be your decision whether or not to sign an official complaint.
•· Depending on the situation, a court may grant you a no-contact order, a restraining order, or a protective order. JTS will work with you to facilitate implementation of these orders.