Confidential Support and Advocacy
Members of the community may seek confidential guidance and support through the following campus and community resources. These resources may be consulted at any time in the process, including prior to making an official report. Exceptions to confidential may be dictated by state statute in cases of imminent danger or child welfare. Because content of discussions with confidential resources is not reported to an office of record, such discussions do not serve as notice to the University of a violation/crime.
What are my Options?
If you are the victim of sexual assault or violence, click the link below to learn more about the options available for reporting, medical attention, support, and self-care.
How do I Report?
All forms of interpersonal violence are violations of an individual’s rights. It is everyone’s responsibility in the university community to become sensitive to and educated about the legal, social and university codes regarding behavior in these areas. Students who believe they have been the victims of interpersonal violence, including sexual violence have the right to report the incident.
If you are the victim you can seek medical attention, emotional support and legal assistance. All victims have the right to seek resources and support. In cases of sexual assault, options for seeking forensic evidence collection are different based on whether the assault occurred within or after 72 hours. There is no statute of limitation for reporting sexual violence and no limit on the advocacy and support you can receive. Know that you are not alone and that there are people at Elon that want to help and support you.
Forensic Evidence Exams
In cases of sexual assault, victims can request a Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence exam at local hospitals within 72 hours of the assault. Collection of this evidence can be beneficial if the survivor chooses to pursue legal charges. The cost of the exam is completely covered by the Rape Victims Assistance Program (RVAP), however services beyond the collection of evidence may not be covered. Know that you are not alone and that there are people at Elon that want to help and support you in this process.
Healing and Self-Care
Self-care is about taking steps to feel healthy and comfortable. Whether it happened recently or years ago, self-care can help you cope with the short- and long-term effects of a trauma like sexual assault. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website for more information.