Sexual Assault/Violence Resources

Reporting Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Violence

Any student who believes that he or she has been the subject of sexual or other harassment should report the alleged act immediately to the Title IX Coordinator-Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, 636-922-8356, Room SSB 2110 or as an alternative, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator-the Dean of Student Success, 636-922-8259, Room ADM 1242. The College will respond in a prompt and equitable manner to allegations of harassment and will respond appropriately to those who violate this policy, up to and including termination of employment or dismissal from the College, as applicable.

If a student is alleging that he or she is a victim of sexual assault, that student should contact the mental health counselor, which is provided by the College free of charge, at 636-922-8571. The mental health counselor will assist a student with contacting the Dean of Student Success at 636-922-8259 or the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs (VPASA) at 636-922-8356 and Department of Public Safety at 636-922-8545, who can assist the student by discussing options for and assistance in notifying law enforcement agencies and accessing services for victims.

The Dean of Student Success or VPASA will also discuss options for campus disciplinary action, including sanctions the college may impose. The Dean of Student Success or VPASA will share that both the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during disciplinary proceedings, and that both must be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceedings.

Any employee who believes that he or she has been the subject of sexual or other harassment or who has witnessed discrimination or harassment, on any basis, should report the alleged act immediately to the Vice President for Human Resources, 636-922-8300, Room ADM 1123. Reports may also be made to any Administrative Officer of the College. A person does not have to be the direct target of the discrimination or harassment to report it. The College will respond in a prompt and equitable manner to allegations of harassment and will respond appropriately to those who violate this policy, up to and including termination of employment or dismissal from the College, as applicable.

If an employee is alleging that he or she is a victim of sexual assault, the employee should contact the Department of Public Safety at 636-922-8545, who can assist by discussing options for and assistance in notifying law enforcement agencies and accessing services for victims; should contact the Vice President for Human Resources at 636-922-8300, ADM 1123, or any Administrative Officer; and may contact the employee assistance program at 1-800-356-0845 for counseling assistance.

Definition of Sexual Assault/Violence

Sexual Assault/Violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to an intellectual or other disability.

In order for individuals to engage in sexual activity of any type with each other, there must be clear, knowing and voluntary consent prior to and during sexual activity. Consent can be given by word or action, but non-verbal consent is not as clear. Consent to some form of sexual activity cannot be automatically taken as consent to any other form of sexual activity.

In order to give effective consent one must be of legal age and capable of making such decision. Incapacity (or being incapable of giving consent) is a state where someone cannot make rational, reasonable decisions because they lack the capacity to give knowing consent (e.g., to understand the “who, what, when, where, why, or how” of their sexual interaction. Incapacity can result from mental disability, sleep deprivation, involuntary physical restraint, alcohol or drug use, or from the taking of rape drugs.

What to do if you have been sexually assaulted

  • Tell someone you know and trust.
  • Go to a hospital and tell emergency personnel that you have been sexually assaulted.
  • Take the clothes you were wearing and a clean set of clothes with you to the hospital.
  • Don't shower or bathe before you go to the hospital.
  • Report the assault.
  • Get help and support, such as counseling.

How to help a friend after a sexual assault

  • Believe your friend. Being believed is an important component in recovery.
  • Make sure he/she has a safe place to stay.
  • Suggest going to the hospital, but don't force them.
  • Do not pry or ask for specific details.
  • Let your friend decide when he/she is ready to talk and how much he/she feels comfortable talking about.
  • Do not hug or touch your friend without getting permission.
  • Support your friend in making decisions.
  • Avoid making decisions for your friend.
  • Let your friend know that he/she is not guilty for being assaulted.
  • It is very common to feel angry, but it can be harmful. The victim already faced a person with out-of-control anger, and doesn't need to try to calm you down.
  • Encourage your friend to talk to a counselor.
  • Protect your friend's privacy.

Rape myths and facts

Myth: Most rapes are crimes of passion/sexual gratification.
Fact: Most rapes are planned, often for as little as a few minutes. Rape is an act of entitlement which is less about sexual desire and more about power, control, dominance and anger. Sex is used as a weapon to inflict violence and humiliation on a victim.

Myth: Women who don’t fight back haven’t been raped or nobody can be raped against their will.
Fact: Rape occurs when you are forced to have sex against your will – whether you fight back or not. A victim should not be criticized for doing what they must to save their life or avoid serious injury.

Myth: Women often make up stories about being raped.
Fact: Very few people make up stories about rape. Rape happens to people you know, is perpetrated by people you know.

Myth: Rape is usually committed by a stranger.
Fact: Most rapes are committed by someone the victim knows (a date, friend, partner, spouse, neighbor, relative, boss or someone the victim met at a bar or party).

Myth: Women provoke sexual assault by the way they dress/appear.
Fact: Thinking that women provoke attacks transfers the blame on the victim instead of the assailant. Rapists look for vulnerable targets. Women and girls of all ages, ability, culture, sexuality, race and faith are raped. No one asks to be abused or injured.

Myth: If a person doesn't "fight back," she/he wasn't really raped.
Fact: Rape is potentially life-threatening. Whatever a person does to survive the assault is the appropriate action.

Myth: Women who are drunk are willing to engage in any kind of sexual activity.
Fact: The fact that a woman has been drinking does not imply consent. Alcohol and drugs can render a woman incapable of consent. Alcohol is a weapon that some assailants use to control the victim. Sexual assault also occurs in the absence of alcohol.

Myth: Only attractive women are raped.
Fact: Anyone (including men) can be raped. Assailants often choose victims who seem most vulnerable to attack: elderly, children, physically or emotionally disabled persons.

This guide was adapted from the University of Rochester, University Health Service; Missouri State University, Office of Student Conduct; Western Virginia University, Student Health Services; Southeast Missouri State University, Peer Education Association; and St. Louis University, Human Resources.

Tips for Protecting Yourself from Sexual Assault/Date Rape

Community and National Resources

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