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SEXUAL ASSAULT: MYTHS AND REALITY



CONTENTS


  • HARASSMENT/STALKING
  • RAPE
  • WHAT IS DATE RAPE?
  • WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED
  • RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
  • ON-CAMPUS DISCPLINARY ACTIONS
  • CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS' BILL OF RIGHTS
  • SEX OFFENDERS

    HARASSMENT/STALKING
    Harassment is a pattern of conduct intended to intrude into someone's private life with intimidation and unwanted harassment by either verbal, electronic or written communications.

    Stalking is a series of actions that make you feel afraid or in danger. Stalking is serious, often dangerous and usually escalates over time.

    Some things stalkers do:

  • Follow you or show up wherever you are.
  • Repeatedly call, text or e-mail you.
  • Threaten to hurt you, your family or your pets.



    RAPE

    Rape is a crime of violence. The rapist overpowers and dominates another person who does NOT consent to the sexual act. Having sex with another person without consent is always considered rape, even in cases where the victim knows the rapist. The victim is never responsible for rape, which is a serious criminal offense.



    WHAT IS DATE RAPE?

    When we think of rape, we often picture a stranger attacking a woman in a dark alley. But it's important to realize that a boss, co-worker, classmate, date or family member may be a potential rapist. The crime is known as acquaintance or date rape when the victim knows the rapist.

    You might not think that a friend or classmate could be a rapist. Yet there have been many cases where college students go on dates that turned into nightmares --- because the woman was forced to have sex against her will. The important point to remember is that "If she says NO, he needs to stop."

    Kennesaw State University is committed to providing programs, activities, and an educational environment free from sex discrimination. Programs on the prevention and response to acts of sexual violence are provided by residence life professional and student staff during orientation, in hall talks and programming, and throughout the year in special events by guest speakers or University employees. Further, KSU police officers conduct educational programs and self-defense classes with college women to teach them about the prevalence of both stranger and non-stranger sexual assaults as well as what constitutes a non-forcible sexual offense.



    WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED

    If you are sexually assaulted, be sure to take the following steps:

    1. Report the incident as soon as possible to one of the following:

  • The KSU DPS, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are on campus, call Ext. 6666. If you are calling from off campus, dial 770-423-6666 or for Cobb County emergency and police units dial 911.

  • Students have the option to notify appropriate law enforcement authorities, including the KSU DPS and the appropriate local police agency, depending on where the assault occurred, and University personnel (Student Counseling and Residence Life professional staff, ) will assist the student in notifying these authorities, if the student requests assistance.

  • KSU has appointed Deidra Dennie as the EEO and Title IX Coordinator. Students are encouraged to also report sexual misconduct, to include sexual assault, to her at ddennie@kennesaw.edu or by telephone at (678) 797-2904.

  • Remember that most rapists are repeat offenders. Reporting the incident to the police may prevent an attack on another person.

    2. Get medical attention.

    It is important to get medical attention --- as soon as possible after the assault --- from a hospital emergency room, private physician, or the KSU health clinic.

    Treatment may include testing for sexually transmitted diseases, and giving medication to prevent pregnancy. Documenting evidence of the sexual assault for use in legal proceedings is also part of the procedure.

    KSU students who report an incident of sexual assault to the KSU DPS or the other law enforcement agencies may be transported and accompanied to the appropriate community-based hospital for medical attention. KSU DPS will assist the student in notifying these authorities, if the student requests

    3. Be sure to preserve any evidence that may be necessary to prove the assault occurred.

    Do not shower/bathe, or douche, or change or launder any clothing worn during the assault, until you are examined by a doctor.

    NOTE: In cases where a sexual assault victim has bathed, showered, or otherwise compromised potential evidence, he/she should still report the assault, as such actions may not prevent prosecution or conduct proceedings from going forward.



    RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

    If you have ben sexually assaulted and want counseling, follow-up medical care or mental health assistance, you may contact the KSU Counseling and Advisement Center (CAPS) at 770-423-6600 and the KSU Health Clinic at 770-423-6644. The YWCA of Cobb County has a Rape Crisis Center, which provides medical and legal advocacy, support groups and individual counseling. You may reach th 24-hour hotline by calling 770-427-3390.

    The Office of the Dean of Student Success can provide assistance if you need to make changes in your academic living situation status after an assault has occurred. To contact the Dean of Students, email deanofstudents@kennesaw.edu.

    The KSU Women's Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center works to promote healthy relationships in the campus community and to improve KSU's coordinated campus response to, and prevention of, sexual and relationship violence. Find them online at http://www.kennesaw.edu/studentsuccessservices/WRC/.

    KSU DPS are active members on the TIV Taskforce. The Taskforce on Interpersonal Violence (TIV) at KSU is a group of individuals from the Kennesaw community and the University community who are committed to providing comprehensive services for students, faculty, and staff who have been victims of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, stalking, harassment, and all other forms of interpersonal violence, and to preventing further violence from occurring. Contact TIV at tiv@kennesaw.edu

    The YWCA of Cobb County has a Rape Crisis Center that provides medical and legal advocacy, support groups and individual counseling. You may reach the 24-hour hotline by calling 770-427-3390.



    ON-CAMPUS DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

    A KSU student charged with sexual assault may be disciplined under the appropriate KSU Student Code of Conduct, as well as prosecuted under Georgia's criminal statutes.

    Whether or not a criminal prosecution occurs, the university retains the right to proceed with disciplinary action at any time. The university need not await the disposition of any such criminal prosecution. The disciplinary action will be handled in accordance with the KSU Student Code of Conduct. In cases where a KSU student is charged with sexual assault, the KSU Student Code of Conduct provides that both the accuser and accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding and both will be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding alleging a sex offense. KSU will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, the report on the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by the institution against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of such crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim shall be treated as the alleged victim for purposes of this paragraph.

    Possible sanctions that may be imposed following the final determination of an on campus disciplinary procedure regarding rape, acquaintance rape or other sexual offenses may include dismissal/expulsion, suspension or conduct probation. SCAI policies may be viewed at the following website: https://web.kennesaw.edu/scai/policies




    CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS' BILL OF RIGHTS

    The rights include:

  • The right to have any and all sexual assaults against them treated with seriousness; the right, as victims, to be treated with dignity; and the right for campus organizations which assist victims to be accorded recognition.

  • The right to have sexual assaults committed against them investigated and adjudicated by the duly constituted criminal and civil authorities of the governmental entity in which the crimes occurred; and the right to the full and prompt cooperation and assistance of campus personnel in notifying the proper authorities. The foregoing shall be in addition to any campus disciplinary proceedings.

  • The right to be free from any kind of pressure from campus personnel that victims (i) not report crimes committed against them to civil and criminal authorities or to campus law enforcement and disciplinary officials; or (ii) report crimes as lesser offenses than the victims perceive them to be.

  • The right to be free from any kind of suggestion that campus sexual assault victims not report, or underreport, crimes because (i) victims are somehow responsible for the commission of crimes against them; (ii) victims were contributorily negligent or assumed the risk of being assaulted; or (iii) by reporting crimes they would incur unwanted personal publicity.

  • The same right to legal assistance, or ability to have others present, in any campus disciplinary proceeding that the institution permits the accused; and the right to be notified of the outcome of such proceeding.

  • The right to full and prompt cooperation from campus personnel in obtaining, securing and maintaining evidence (including a medical examination) as may be necessary to the proof of criminal sexual assault in subsequent legal proceedings.

  • The right to be made aware of, and assisted in exercising any options, as provided by state and federal laws or regulations, with regard to mandatory testing of sexual assault suspects for communicable diseases and with regard to notification to victims of the results of such testing.

  • The right to counseling from any mental health services previously established by the institution, or by other victim-service entities, or by victims themselves.

  • After campus sexual assaults have been reported, the victims of such crimes shall have the right to require that campus personnel take the necessary steps or actions reasonably feasible to prevent any unnecessary or unwanted contact or proximity with alleged assailants, including transfer of classes if requested by the victims.



    SEX OFFENDERS

    Convicted sex offenders are required by law to register their names and addresses with the State of Georgia Department of Corrections. You may obtain State information on individuals registered as sex offenders by visiting the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Sex Offender Registry web site at http://gbi.georgia.gov/georgia-sex-offender-registry.

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