Statement Addressing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
The Student Services office offers sexual assault education and information programs to College students and employees upon request. Literature on date rape education, risk reduction, and College response is available through the Student Services office.
If you are a victim of a sexual assault at this institution, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. The Shawnee Community College Campus Security strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to a College officer and law enforcement. Filing a police report will not obligate the victim to prosecute; nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. Filing a police report will:
- Ensure that a victim of sexual assault is allowed an opportunity to seek the necessary medical treatment and testing
- Provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam)
- Assure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.
When a sexual assault victim contacts the Shawnee Community College Campus Security, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office will be notified as well. The victim of a sexual assault may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system and the Disciplinary Hearing Committee, or only the latter. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, or other law enforcement agency assigned to the investigation, will assist the victim through available options.
College disciplinary proceedings, as well as special guidelines for cases involving sexual misconduct, are detailed in the Student Handbook.
More Information Contact:
Countance Anderson - Vice President of Student and Administrative Services
at 1-800-481-2242 ext. 3360 or e-mail