What You Need to Know about Sexual Assault
Drake University is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment in which all members of our community can thrive and reach their full potential. Sexual assault harms both individuals and the community as a whole. Drake is dedicated to the prevention of sexual assault through education, institutional oversight, and clear, vigorously enforced policies.
When sexual assault does occur, the University’s goal is to help the victim and determine appropriate consequences for the assailant.
Assault and sexual assault are unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Drake University.
Drake University is committed to educating the campus community about the nature and consequences of this offense. University resources dedicated to both prevention and response include educational outreach programs, counseling and academic support services for victims.
I think I was assaulted -- what do I do?
Knowing What Your Options Are About Sexual Assault
INITIAL RESPONSE, OPTIONS AND RIGHTS
- It may be helpful for your own personal safety to find a safe environment away from the assailant if it is possible.
- Focus on taking care of yourself and your best interests. Talking to someone in your support system for moral support may be useful to you right after the assault. For confidential support, crisis advocates are available to provide emotional support and options to you in the aftermath of an assault. Iowa’s Sexual Assault Hotline is a 24 hour support service. The toll free hotline is 1-800-284-7821.
- You also have the right to the presence of this person at any proceedings related to the offense, including at any Drake hearing proceedings.
- Reporting the assault to police by calling 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) and/or to Campus Security (271-2222 or 811) is encouraged. Security phones that connect directly to Campus Security are located inside buildings and in heavily traveled outdoor locations across campus. Amnesty will be provided to a victim who reports an under-aged alcohol-related assault under Drake’s Code of Student Conduct.
- Writing down all the details you can recall about the assault and the assailant may help you if you decide to report.
- Reporting the assault does not require you to file charges against your assailant. Furthermore, even if you file an initial report, you may decide not to pursue the case at any stage of an investigation. In Iowa, you have 10 years to pursue charges against your assailant.
- You have the option to request a male or female officer to assist you and you have the right to request their presence until your safety is ensured.
- You have the right to register as a victim with the county attorney and to be kept informed about the status of your case. You may ask for a no-contact order to be put in place for safety precautions if your assailant is arrested.
- Consider going to the emergency room to receive medical attention.
- You have the right to have a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) provide a free, confidential medical examination.
- The SANE can conduct a sexual assault evidence collection kit to preserve forensic evidence of the assault within 120 hours after its occurrence. Preservation of evidence from you is helpful in this collection process. Showering/bathing, brushing teeth/hair, drinking or expelling fluids can destroy evidence. However, if this has occurred, you can still proceed with an exam within this 120 hour time frame. The collection of bodily evidence may be beneficial for case proceedings. Consider having this exam done if you may want to pursue charges.
- This exam also provides free STD, HIV/AIDS and/or pregnancy prevention measures and certain measures can be done within or after the 120 hour time frame and includes free follow-up exams if needed.
OTHER MATTERS/FACTS REGARDING SEXUAL ASSAULT
- “Acquaintance rape” or “date rape” is the most common type of sexual assault committed and the least reported, but there are many types of sexual assault other than forced penetration. All forms of sexual assault/harassment are illegal and are taken seriously. Victims/survivors of attempted sexual assaults are also entitled to resources and have similar rights.
- A sexual assault is never the victim’s fault; the legal responsibility for sexual assault rests completely with the assailant.
- Men can be victims of sexual assault, women can be perpetrators of these crimes, and sexual assaults can occur when the assailant is the same sex as the victim.
- Proving physical resistance of an attack is not necessary in order to establish that an act of sexual assault was committed by force or against the will of the victim.
- Alcohol is the most commonly used drug for committing a sexual assault. If someone is incapacitated due to the influence of alcohol, they are legally unable to consent to a sex act.
ON CAMPUS RESOURCES
Alysa Mozak-Coordinator for Sexual Violence Response
515-271-4141 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Counseling Services 515-271-3864 (confidential)
Campus Security 515-271-2222 or 811
Dean of Students Office 515-271-2835
Venessa Macro- Title IX Coordinator
515-271-3962 or email@example.com
Office of Residence Life 515-271-3781
Student Health Center 515-271-3731(confidential)
COMMUNITY RESPONSE RESOURCES
Des Moines Police
(non-emergency) 515-283-4811 or 515-283-4824 (case records)
Polk County Crisis and
Advocacy Services 515-286-3600, 515-286-3535 (confidential- 24 hours)
County Attorney’s Office
206 6th Avenue
DES MOINES HOSPITALS
Broadlawns Medical Center
1801 Hickman Road
Iowa Lutheran Hospital
700 E. University Ave.
Iowa Methodist Medical Center
1200 Pleasant St.
Mercy Medical Center
1111 Sixth Ave.
Planned Parenthood- Rosenfield Center
1000 E. Army Post Road
Iowa Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-284-7821 (confidential- 24 hours)