What to Do If You Experience Sexual Misconduct
Remember it is not your fault.
- If an act of sexual misconduct occurs, you are likely to have many concerns, including physical health and safety, emotional and mental well-being, medical issues such as sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, and, for some, interpersonal relationships. Another common concern may be understanding the disciplinary or legal options for responding to the act.
- With respect to your response, it is most important to do what is right for you. There is no right or wrong way to respond to an act of sexual misconduct. Friends, loved ones, and family members often have strong feelings about what you should do. Each person needs to make the decisions that are best for himself/herself.
- Get to a safe place. After experiencing a traumatizing event such as sexual assault, it can be important to find a place where you feel comfortable and safe from harm. This location could be: Your room, a friend’s room, a local hospital or a Police station.
Students who experience an incident of sexual misconduct should consider the following immediate actions:
- Call for assistance
- If on campus, you can call Sioux City Night Patrol at (402) 841-5163.
- If off campus, you can call 911 for Norfolk Police assistance.
- For confidential guidance, call and advocate from Bright Horizons, whom provides confidential rape crisis counseling to men and women, 24 hours a day, at (877) 379-3798.
- Faith Regional Health Services/ Hospital (402) 371-4880.
Seek medical attention
- The medical exam has two goals: first, to treat the full extent of any injury or physical trauma and to consider the possibilities of sexually transmitted disease or pregnancy and, second, to properly preserve evidence in case you decide to prosecute.
- IMPORTANT: Do not bathe, douche, brush your teeth, drink or change your clothing, as you may be destroying evidence you will need if you decide to prosecute. Even if you have done any of these things, evidence can still be collected and it remains important that you seek medical attention. You may wish to bring a change of clothes with you (or have a friend bring you a change of clothes) when you do seek medical attention.
- Emergency Contraception (EC) reduces the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex or a sexual assault. The most common form of EC is Plan B. Plan B is available without a prescription from a pharmacist. EC is most effective when taken within 72 hours of a sexual assault, so taking it as soon as possible is best.
- Testing for sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STIs and STDs) is available at no charge for all Northeast Community College Students at Health Services. Pregnancy testing is also available at no charge to students at Health Services.
- Contact a trained, experienced counselor. Counseling provides a confidential space to talk about your experience and is often helpful for survivors or co-survivors.
- Contact parents, relatives or close friends for support.
- Call for assistance
- Sioux City Night Patrol (402) 841-5163, available 24 hours a day
- Norfolk Police Department 911
- If you need immediate confidential counseling, Bright Horizons provides confidential rape crisis counseling to men and women, 24 hours a day, at (877) 379-3798.
- Northeast Community College offers free confidential counseling during office hours Monday- Friday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm.
- Medical services, including psychological counseling:
- Faith Regional Health Services provides part-time, free health services for students on the Norfolk campus. When classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters, the hours are: Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Tuesday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Wednesday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Thursday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
- Faith Regional Health Services/ Hospital (402) 371-4880
- For Faculty and Staff
- The Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) is a confidential resource and referral service that the College makes available to all Northeast Community College employees, their spouses and their dependents. Employees and their families may call (800) 666-8606 to speak with a professional counselor, or to schedule an appointment
- Know Your Rights- Higher Education sheet
- Grievance procedures and how to file complaint