Rape or Sexual Assault

How to respond if a student informs you that she or he has been the victim of rape or sexual assault:

  1. Contact campus and/or community resources:
    1. Emergency Services. Call 911.
    2. St. Peter's Hospital Emergency Room. Call 406.447.2684. Rape kits are available 24/7.
    3. Carroll College Victim Advocate, The Friendship Center. Call 406.442.6800 or 1.800.248.3166. Strictly confidential victim support. Liaison with external resources. 24-hour crisis hot line, victim support and counseling, support groups, legal advocacy.
    4. Carroll College Counseling Services. Call 406.447.5441. Strictly confidential victim support. Counseling for all stages of recovery.
  2. Do not discuss the situation with anyone other than the Title IX Coordinator without the student's permission.
  3. Explain confidentiality and mandated reporting. Inform the student that you are required to report information she or he tells you to the Title IX Coordinator. Informed consent such as this allows the victim to choose how much to tell you.
  4. Contact the Title IX Coordinator or complete the online report form.
  5. Reference Carroll's policies, procedures, resources and contact information in replying to questions regarding all sexual assault, rape and sexual misconduct.

Survivor Support Tips

DO: Listen with compassion. Recognize that the person coming to you for help might be struggling with difficult feelings like anger, fear, denial, or embarrassment. Thank them for trusting your enough to tell you.

DO: Explain confidentiality. Inform the right away that you are required to report information she or he tell you to the Title IX Coordinator. Informed consent such as this allows the victim to choose how much to tell you.

GOOD THINGS TO SAY: "It's not your fault." "I believe you." "No one deserves to be abused or assaulted." "I realize this is a difficult thing to share and appreciate the courage it takes to talk about it." "How can I help?"

DO NOT: Make light of the situation, interrupt the student, interject your feelings, change the subject, press for more information, or touch the student without her or his permission.