The Student who may be a Victim of Sexual Violence
Your responsibilities are not to diagnose or provide therapy; it is the development of a compassionate and forthright conversation that ultimately helps a student in trouble find understanding, support, and the proper therapeutic resources
Facts about sexual violence:
- Sexual violence is any sexual contact that is committed by
force, threats of force, coercion or when an individual is unable to give
- Consent must be informed, freely and actively given, and an
understandable exchange of affirmative words or actions, which indicate a willingness
to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.
- It is the responsibility of the initiator to obtain clear and
affirmative responses at each stage of sexual involvement.
- The lack of a negative response is not consent.
- Consent may not be given by any individual who is intoxicated or
incapacitated by drugs and/or alcohol both voluntarily or involuntarily
- Past consent of sexual activities does not imply ongoing future
Examples of sexual violence include:
- Completed rape
- Attempted rape
- Unwelcomed sexual contact
- Voyeuristic or exhibitionistic acts
Although most acts of sexual violence are committed by men against
women, men can be assaulted by women, and same-sex assaults also occur.
What you can do:
- Inform the student that confidential services are available at the
Victim Advocacy Program at: (904) 620-1010.
- Inform the student that they can receive a free forensic medical
examination even if they decide not to report to law enforcement. Contact the Women’s Center (904) 620-2528 to
arrange for the exam up to five days after the assault.
- The Women’s Center (904) 620-2528, Student Health Services
(904) 620-2900, and the Counseling Center (904) 620-2602 can provide advocacy
to assist the student with negotiating post-assault decisions and resources.
- Inform the student that they may also file a report with the
Title IX Administrator (904) 620-2513 to begin an investigatory process.
- The LGBT Resource Center (904) 620-4720 can provide support for
students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning,
intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA) or students who are struggling with sexuality or
gender identity after an assault.
- If the student needs immediate medical attention, refer them to the
Student Health Services or the closest emergency room.
- Refer the student to the Counseling Center (904) 620-2602 for
- Be aware of the campus Sexual Misconduct Regulation, including what your campus crime reporting responsibilities and duties may be, as an university employee
- If the student wants to report the assault to police, assist
them in contacting UNF Police Department at (904) 620-2800. If possible, they
should not bathe, shower, brush their teeth, drink, or even use the restroom
until they are seen by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). All these things
destroy physical evidence that may be helpful in a criminal investigation.
- Referral may be made to Department of Recreation & Wellness for Free
Anonymous HIV Testing, at (904) 620-1570.
- Inform the student that they are able to file an anonymous report with the UNF Police Department
(904) 620-2800. They may also file a report with the Dean of Students (904) 620-1491.
- If the student needs help dealing with academic issues as a
result of the sexual assault, contact the Dean of Students (904) 620-1491.