If you, or someone you know, has experienced sexual misconduct please consider the following information as a means to recovery. Below are sections for survivors, friends, and faculty and staff.
Whether you are a survivor or helping a survivor remember the following things:
Sexual assault is a crime of violence in which the assailant is motivated by a desire to humiliate and achieve power over the person who is assaulted. 93% of sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. (Safe Path, 2004)
Sexual assault usually occurs as a deliberate action by the perpetrator. It is not the fault of the person who has been assaulted. No one has the right to have sex against someone's will without their consent.
Most people who are sexually assaulted know the perpetrator. Because of this, the person who has been assaulted may not want to reveal the name of the assailant. Some feel comfortable reporting an incident of sexual assault, others do not. The person assaulted should take the steps they feel will best help them feel safe and heal.
Many assailants will attempt to lay blame and fault the person who was assaulted by saying these or other things: "You asked for it" or "You wanted it." In fact, how another person acts, what they say or what they wear is never justification for sexual assault.
If you need additional advice or someone to talk to, consider a friend or family member, in addition to the following members of the Viterbo and La Crosse community. Be advised that all members of the Viterbo Community are required to report incidents of sexual misconduct, except for those listed as 'Confidential Viterbo Support Resources'.
Resources and Supports
Confidential Viterbo Support Resources
|LeeAnn Van Vreede
Director of Counseling Services
|4 Student Development Center||608-796-3808
|Fr. Conrad Targonski
|370 Murphy Center||608-796-3904
*These employees will report the incident of sexual misconduct, but will omit any identifying information.
Viterbo Employees Who Must Report Sexual Misconduct
|Adam Malin||Director of Campus Security||5 Student Development Center||
|Kirsten Gabriel||Director of Student Life and Orientation||101 Marian Hall South/Hawk's Nest||
|Margy Frazier||Assistant Director of Residence Life||106c Marian Hall South/Hawk's Nest||
|Rick Trietley||Vice President for Student Affairs||2 Student Development Center||
|Heather Butterfield||Director of Human Resources||200 Murphy Center||
|Todd Ericson||Vice President for Finance and Administration||214 Murphy Center||
|Coaches and Athletics Staff|
|Faculty and Staff Who Advise Student Organizations|
*While not all faculty and staff are required to report sexual misconduct, everyone is encouraged to make a report to any of the contacts listed above.
Confidential Community Resources
|Mayo Franciscan Healthcare Safe Path||608-392-7804|
|Mayo Franciscan Healthcare SANE Nurses||608-392-9720|
|Gundersen Sexual Assault Services||608-775-5950|
|Gundersen Sexual Abuse Counseling and Support Services||608-775-3845|
|Great Rivers 211 Information and Referral Hotline||Dial 211 or 1-800-362-8255|
|New Horizons Shelter for Battered Women||608-791-2600|
Remember, that sexual misconduct is not the fault of the survivor. Try to be strong and active in your recovery. You are not alone at Viterbo University and in the La Crosse community, please seek assistance as needed and try to make every effort to advocate for yourself as you move forward in the recovery process.
To help a friend who has been sexually assaulted, be supportive - not instructive. Allow your friend or loved one to take their time in making their own decisions about how to handle the situation. Remind them of their options, but try to avoid taking the decision making out of their hands. Below are a few tips to be a strong support in a time of need.
Faculty and staff who come in contact with a student who has been a victim of sexual assault should be gentle and concerned. Listen to the student and follow the procedures outlined in the 'Make a Report or File a Complaint' tab above. Inform the student that for reporting purposes, names of victims are kept confidential, unless confidentiality could possibly place other students at risk for acts of sexual misconduct.
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