"Learn From Yesterday, Live For Today, Hope For Tomorrow"
Top 8 Preventative Measures Against Sexual Assault
- DON'T leave your drink alone - DON'T drink from an open container
- BUDDY SYSTEM when you go out
- BE AWARE of your surrounding and the people around you
- DON'T OPEN YOUR DOOR to a potentially dangerous situation where you could be overpowered
- TRUST YOUR INSTINCT - if you feel unsafe, know your next step
- HAVE YOUR PHONE AVAILABLE at all times
- CARRY A WHISTLE or PEPPER SPRAY or some form of protection
- SAY "NO" loud and clear
If you are in immediate danger, call 911!
“The Enough is Enough Initiative is a New York State law that requires all colleges to adopt a set of comprehensive procedures and guidelines, including a uniform definition of affirmative consent, a statewide amnesty policy, and expanded access to law enforcement. As a result College Students have access to a Victim's Advocate who will answer any question or get information on sexual assault issue issues in a confidential manner. With the help of this Initiative, Help Restore Hope Center is able to provide college students in Madison County with access to a Victim Advocate that is stationed on each campus. The advocate is available to answer any questions, or provide information on rape, sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking and in a confidential manner.” In addition the advocate can provide short term counseling on college campus and medical and/or legal accompaniment associated with rape, sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking issues.
For confidential services, contact: Help Restore Hope Center 24 Hour Hotline @ 1-855-9NOWSAFE/1-855-966-9723 or call/text Cassandra Havener "Enough is Enough" Advocate @ 1-607-373-8051
Cassandra Havener is present at Colgate University Campus on Tuesdays between 10AM-4PM @ HAVEN, Morrisville State College Wednesdays 10AM-4PM @ Crawford 135, and Cazenovia College Thursdays 10AM-4PM @ Cazenovia College Counseling Center. For more information on campus sexual assault policy or college campus confidential services click below
Cazenovia College - Sexual Assault Policy
Colgate University - Support Services
Morrisville State College - Violence Response
AFTER A SEXUAL ASSAULT: THE FIRST 72 HOURS AND BEYOND
There is no single "right" way to respond to sexual assault. Each person needs to make the best decision based on their individual circumstance. Survivors of sexual assault must understand that the first 72 hours after a sexual assault are crucial for receiving medical care and for the collection of forensic evidence. It's a hard step to take, but going to the hospital to have an exam accomplishes three things:
- To treat injuries resulting from the assault as well as treating for the possibility of pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).
- To preserve evidence of the sexual assault, should you decide to report the incident to the police.
- To offer support.
Consider reporting the assault to police and university officials, whether or not you plan to request that charges be filed. Reporting a rape does not commit you to a full legal process, but it does keep your options open. If you decide to make a report, you may take someone with you for support. You can also go after the assault occurred, however the sooner you can make a report to the police, the better. As a college student, you have the right to make a report of the sexual assault to both College Campus Security and to your Local Law Enforcement Agency. These options are not mutually exclusive as both internal campus and criminal proceeding may be pursued simultaneously. The Help Restore Hope Center encourages YOU to speak with a confidential resource such as the Help Restore Hope Center or your Campus Counseling Center before deciding how you'd like to proceed. As a witness or bystander, anyone with knowledge about an incident is also strongly encouraged to make a report as soon as possible.
Stressful events that threaten a person's sense of security may induce emotional and psychological trauma whether or not violence or injury was involved. One may experience "numbing", a sense of being on "auto-pilot", disconnected from feelings, or loss of vitality causing a sense of deadness. These are forms of protection, a way to block out the impact of a traumatic event. Other observable evidence of experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) are:
- Loss of interest in life and other people
- A sense of hopelessness
- Isolation and withdrawal
- Avoidance of thoughts and feelings associated w/traumatic event
- Appearing detached and estranged from previous close relationships
- Preoccupation with avoidance of the trauma or feelings and thoughts related to the traumatic event can become the central focus of the survivor's life.
When this person discloses information, it may be limited, revealing different facets at different time. Too much, too soon can be overwhelming. It is extremely important for survivors to talk to somebody to help them process what happened to them as well as work through the impact that the traumatic event had on them. Counseling Services are free and confidential!
Circle of 6 - This is an app to help keep you safe.