Title IX is not just about sports; it is a prohibition against sex-based discrimination in education. It addresses discrimination against pregnant and parenting students and gender discrimination in educational programs. It also addresses sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, and sexual violence. Sexual violence includes attempted or completed rape/sexual assault, as well as sexual harassment, stalking, voyeurism, exhibitionism, verbal or physical.
What to Do if you are a victim of stalking, sexual assault, harassment or other gender based issues:• Get to a Safe Place• Create a Safety Plan• Talk to Someone You Trust• Preserve Physical Evidence: Keep emails, text messages, social media posting or any other digital information regarding the incident. In the case of physical or sexual assault, do not bathe, change your clothing, use the restroom or brush your teeth until evidence has been collected.• Seek Medical Attention / Counseling: Local hospitals can provide medical services and evidence collection. For severe injuries, call 911 immediately. • Report the Incident: Student are encouraged to report crimes to Campus Police, the Title IX Coordinator or Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.
All College faculty and staff are required to report gender-based and sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. Before discussing an incident with a potential victim, faculty or staff member must inform the person of staff responsibility to report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator. Once an incident is shared with faculty/staff, it must be reported. Victims may opt to speak to a designated confidential reporter instead.
If one desires details of an incident be kept confidential, they should speak with off-campus rape crisis resources, licensed health and mental health care providers, licensed counselors or members of the clergy and chaplains to determine under what circumstances such individuals are able to maintain confidentiality. If you are unsure of someone’s ability to maintain your privacy, ask before you talk to them. The following organizations are available to provide confidential support:
Victims are not required to file a crime report, but are encouraged to do so and will be assisted by campus authorities in notifying local law enforcement if the victim chooses. Regardless of whether a victim opts to report the crime, accommodations or protective measures will be provided if the victim requests them and if they are reasonably available.
All College faculty and staff are required to report gender-based and sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator, after having an incident reported to them, will determine whether an investigation is warranted and, depending on the nature of the incident, the necessity of informing College Public Safety and local law enforcement.
The Title IX Coordinator, after having an incident reported to them, will determine whether an investigation is warranted and, depending on the nature of the incident, the necessity of informing College Public Safety and local law enforcement.
If warranted, the Title IX Coordinator will designate a team of two trained Title IX College investigators to work in tandem as neutral parties and available to both complainant and respondent to investigate the case, initiate initial interim sanctions, and inform all parties in writing regarding the investigation and interim sanctions.
The Title IX Coordinator and the Office of Public Safety and Security may assist the individual in making a report to the College and to law enforcement.
Stalking is a pattern of threats or harassment that is directed repeatedly toward a specific individual and is experienced as unwelcome, intrusive, or fear inducing. It can include physical appearances of the stalker and harassing behaviors such as sending unwanted letters, phone calls, messages, gifts, and instant messages/e-mail correspondence.
Stalking is difficult to identify at first. Initially, a
victim may not feel there is any cause for alarm and may simply be annoyed by
the behavior. As the behavior continues, it tends to escalate and become more
overt, and this often causes the victim to begin to fear for his or her safety.
Stalking Behaviors Might Include:
• Damage to vehicle, home or other personal property• Repeated telephone calls and/or hang-ups• Threats to harm the victim or threats to harm the victim’s family, friends or pets• Driving by or showing up at the victim’s house and/or work• Disturbing instant messages• Sending unwanted letters, e-mails, faxes or gifts• Using global positioning systems, online searches and cameras to track a person’s movements
What Can I do if I'm being Physically Stalked?
What Can I do if I am Being Harassed Online or Cyberstalked?
Whether you are a parent, professor, administrator, student, coworker, or friend—you can make a difference in someone’s life by noticing the warning signs of sexual assault and abusive relationships. Sexual violence, like many other crimes, can occur on college campuses and at locations frequented by college students.
In seven out of ten cases of sexual assault, the perpetrator is someone the victim knows. This can make it more difficult for someone to be open about sexual assault, particularly if the perpetrator is part of a friend group, a classmate, or someone who is well liked by other peers. No matter who the alleged perpetrator is, the survivor deserves support and care.
Warning Signs That a College-Age Adult May Have Been Sexually Assaulted
Some of the warning signs for sexual assault in college-age adults may be caused by events that are unrelated, such as being way from home for the first time. It’s better to ask and be wrong than to let the person you care about struggle with the effects of sexual assault. You can ask questions that point to a specific person or time like, “Did something happen with the person you met at the party the other night?” You can also simply reaffirm that you will believe them when they are ready to come forward, and that it’s not their fault.If you notice these warning signs in a college-age adult, it is worth reaching out to them:
• Signs of depression, such as persistent sadness, lack of energy, changes in sleep or appetite, withdrawing from normal activities, or feeling “down”• Self-harming behaviors, thoughts of suicide, or suicidal behaviors• Low self-esteem• Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)• Anxiety or worry about situations that did not seem to cause anxiety in the past• Avoiding specific situations or places• Falling grades or withdrawing from classes• Increase in drug or alcohol useWarning Signs That Could Lead to Sexual Assault
The majority of sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows, such as a friend, family member, acquaintance, or partner.1 Often, abusive partners will try to cut the victim off from their support system. As someone outside of the relationship, you have the potential to notice warning signs that someone may be in an abusive relationship or at risk for sexual assault.Some warning signs include:• Withdrawing from other relationships or activities, for example, spending less time with friends, leaving sports teams, or dropping classes• Saying that their partner doesn’t want them to engage in social activities or is limiting their contact with others• Disclosing that sexual assault has happened before• Any mention of a partner trying to limit their contraceptive options or refusing to use safer sexual practices, such as refusing to use condoms or not wanting them to use birth control• Mentioning that their partner is pressuring them to do things that make them uncomfortable• Signs that a partner controlling their means of communication, such as answering their phone or text messages or intruding into private conversations• Visible signs of physical abuse, such as bruises or black eyes
Using Technology to Hurt Others
College-age adults may also experience sexual harassment or other unwanted behaviors through technology and online interactions. Some people use technology—such as digital photos, videos, apps, and social media—to engage in harassing, unsolicited, or non-consensual sexual interactions. It can leave the person on the other end feeling manipulated, unsafe, and exposed, like when someone forwards a text, photo, or “sext” intended only for the original recipient. The laws pertaining to these situations vary from state to state and platform to platform, and they are evolving rapidly. Learn more about the ways people use technology to hurt others.
Remember, you are not alone. If you suspect sexual abuse you can talk to someone who is trained to help. Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) or chat online at online.rainn.org.