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Victims of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and sexual harassment, are encouraged to:
Get to a safe place. After experiencing a traumatizing event such as a sexual assault, it is important to find a place where you feel comfortable and secure from harm.
Call for assistance. Immediately report the assault. You may call 911 from any phone at any time. If the offense occurred on Columbus State property, the dispatcher will also notify Columbus State Police. You may also call the Columbus State Police directly at 614-287-2525, come into the police department to speak with an officer, pick up a blue campus emergency phone, or if using a campus courtesy telephone press 2525 only. If you are at the Delaware Campus, at an off-campus center, or off campus, call 911. The Columbus State Police Department is located on the ground floor of Delaware Hall 047, and the Delaware Campus Public Safety is located in the Delaware Administration Building. Reporting the crime can help you regain a sense of personal power and control.
Seek support. Call a friend, a family member, faculty member, or someone else you trust who can be with you and give you support.
Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Go to a local hospital emergency room for immediate medical care. The hospital will document and treat injuries.
Preserve all physical evidence. Do not shower, bathe, urinate or brush your teeth. Save all clothing from the time of the attack as it is important to allow the examiner to collect evidence of the assault. Do not disturb any other physical evidence that could be used in a disciplinary or criminal proceeding.
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Do not hesitate to ask the medical or police staff to explain everything to you.
Seek counseling. Call Columbus State Counseling Services at 614-287-2818 (located in Nestor Hall Room 010). Talking with a trained mental health professional can help in coping with the aftermath of a sexual assault. The counselor will maintain confidentiality, help explain options, give information and provide emotional support. A counselor can help to make sense of your thoughts and feelings and can be beneficial in the healing process. Columbus State counselors can also help you find counselors in your community for continued care.
Call a Helpline.
- SARNCO (Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio) 24-hour helpline at 614-267-7020
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) at 1(800) 656-HOPE (4673)
- You can also contact the 24-hour NetcareCrisis Line in Columbus at 1-888-276-CARE (2273)
Give yourself time to heal. You are a survivor and what happened is not your fault.
Reporting an offense
If you are a victim of sexual misconduct or know someone who is, even if the incident did not happen on campus, CSCC can help. Please see the CSCC Sexual Assault Response Protocol for information on how to report an offense, how CSCC can help protect you on campus, and how to contact community resources on sexual misconduct and domestic/intimate partner violence.
If you have any questions, please contact:
- Director of Compliance & Equity
Rhodes Hall 115
- Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Human Resources
Rhodes Hall 115
- Student Life Title IX Deputy and Compliance Officer
Darla Van Horn
Eibling Hall 203 D