Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

Helping a Survivor of Sexual Assault

It can be a very challenging experience when someone discloses a sexual assault; however, knowing how to be supportive can be crucial in a survivor’s healing process. There are two things you need to think about: how you can support the survivor, and how you can take care of yourself.

Where to go for Help with Sexual Harassment

If you believe you are experiencing sexual harassment, contact SAPAC and/or any of the below agencies:

Please note that these offices are considered non-confidential and sharing information about sexual harrasment may initiate a sexual misconduct investigation. For a list of confidential resources, refer to this page.

Reporting Sexual Assault to Police and/or the University

Information on Reporting Sexual Assault to the Police and/or the University

  • It is the survivor’s right to choose whether to report the sexual assault.

  • Law enforcement officers are not confidential resources.

  • Many survivors who decide to report do not do so immediately.  It is never too late to make a report or to seek help from the University or other agencies. A prompt report may strengthen the case for prosecution.

Options for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Sexual assaults can be terrifying and traumatic. You are not to blame and you are not alone. Various options are available to you if you have been sexually assaulted, including a medical examination, supportive counseling, reporting the crime, and informal conflict resolution