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If Someone You Know Is Assaulted

If someone comes to you for help, recognize that s/he might be struggling with painful feelings—anger, fear, denial, or embarrassment.


Provide support, give assurance that College resources are available to help, and offer assistance to access these sources.

Suggestions for how to help survivors:

  • Be a good listener by being attentive and not passing judgment on what a survivor shares with you.
  • Respect the survivor's need for privacy. It is the survivor's choice what and how much to share. If you are a College employee, be candid about your obligation to refer the report to the Title IX Coordinator or a member of the Title IX Team.
  • Remain patient with the survivor. Each person is different in how they cope and how much time it takes to heal.
  • Help to empower the survivor. Instead of offering advice, ask how you can best support the survivor. Offer encouragement, but do not pressure the survivor to take any particular action. Respect the survivor's decisions.
  • Be there for the survivor. Having someone there as the survivor explores medical, legal, and on-campus options can be comforting when faced with difficult decisions and interpreting processes and procedures.
  • Be mindful of your own needs and be sure to take care of yourself. People in supporting roles can benefit from professional assistance by speaking to someone at the Knox College Health and Counseling Center.

The College also has an online mechanism for anonymous reporting of acts of sexual misconduct with complete confidentiality to the Department of Campus Safety: www.knox.edu/witness/silent.html. These reports will be sent to the Title IX Coordinator who will make every effort to respond, but the College's ability to respond to an anonymous report may be limited.

Amnesty For Alcohol And Other Drugs
In order to encourage the reporting of alleged misconduct, the College will not pursue disciplinary action against any student (including a Complainant or third party witness) involved in the investigation of an allegation of sexual misconduct who has violated College policy regarding alcohol or other drugs provided that such violations did not/do not place the health or well-being of any person at risk. At its discretion, the College may choose to pursue educational interventions for such policy violations.