Sexual Assault Education
To help reduce the potential for sexual assault, Canisius College presents a number of workshops for the campus community that address the issues of stranger rape, acquaintance rape and other forcible and non-forcible sex offenses. The programs include skits, discussions, information tables, programs on date rape drugs, bulletin boards and an outside troupe performing a play depicting the consequences of date rape. Additionally, the college provides training to selected staff members so they may respond properly to a victim’s need for assistance.
A VICTIM OF SEXUAL ASSAULT SHOULD
1. GET TO A SAFE PLACE AND CALL A TRUSTED FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER.
2. CALL 711 (on-campus) or 888-2330 (off-campus).
This will alert Public Safety to the alleged offense. Victims may also contact the Buffalo Police at 911 or 851-4494.
3. GET MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY.
It is extremely important that the victim seeks immediate medical evaluation following a sexual assault. The best place for this evaluation is a hospital emergency room. In addition to treating any injuries, evaluating and treating for possible exposure to sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, the emergency room staff is expertly trained to collect valuable medical evidence. This evidence may be used in the event that the victim wishes to have the perpetrator prosecuted at a later time. Without this evidence, it is very difficult to get a conviction. Remember, do not drink, bathe, douche, brush teeth, change clothes or comb hair. It is only natural to want to do these things but doing so may destroy evidence. If changing clothes is necessary, all clothing worn during the assault should be placed in a paper bag and taken to the hospital. The victim may wish to have a friend or family member accompany her/him to the hospital or if the victim wishes, someone from the college can accompany him/her.
4. SEEK COUNSELING.
Regardless if whether the assault is reported, it is often helpful to seek counseling for the traumatic experience. The Counseling Center (888-2620), Health Services (888-2610), Campus Ministry (888-2420) off-campus Crisis Services (834-3131), or the Title 9 Coordinator in the office of Student Affairs (888-2130) are good sources of support.
5. DOCUMENT THE INCIDENT.
A victim should write down every detail about the incident including: who, what, when, where and how.
• At the first opportunity, the information should be brought to the attention of the Public Safety Office or one of the resources listed in this brochure.
• If the Buffalo Police Department is to be involved and criminal charges are filed, this information is crucial.
6. DECIDE HOW TO PROCEED.
The decision to prosecute the suspect and/or initiate internal judicial proceedings lies with the victim.
Sexual Assault Liaison
Eileen Niland, MS, LMHC, NCC
Counseling Center, Bosch 105
Judicial Process – External: If the victim wishes to have the assailant prosecuted, the police and the district attorney’s office will handle the legal proceedings.
Judicial Process – Internal: If the alleged perpetrator is a member of the college community, the victim also has the option to file a complaint through the college’s disciplinary systems. Any campus proceeding will be handled with sensitivity and with respect for confidentiality, and the complainant and the respondent are entitled to have an advisor present during the hearing. At the conclusion of the internal judicial hearing, the complainant and the respondent shall be informed of the outcome (decision and sanction). Sanctions that may be imposed range from a formal warning to expulsion from the college. Detailed procedures concerning the campus disciplinary hearings, including the rights of the complainant and respondent, are contained in the community standards section of the Student Handbook.
Whether the victim chooses the external or internal process, a college representative will be available to assist throughout the process and provide transportation to off campus sites.
Academic and living arrangements may be made to accommodate the victim’s needs. For example, if the victim and the accused are in the same class or residence hall, arrangements may be made to separate the two.
REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER INFORMATION
The campus community can obtain up-to-date law enforcement agency information provided by the state of New York concerning registered sex offenders from the New York State Sex Offender Registry website at: www.criminaljustice.state.ny.us/nsor/index.htm.
The complete policy statement on sexual assault and information on preventing sexual assault is available in the following offices: Residence Life, Student Activities, Student Affairs, Public Safety, Student Health and the Counseling Center.