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About Sexual Assault  Resources

Sexual Assault  Resources

 

Working Group

The Sexual Assault Working Group, convened by the Dean of Students in spring 2009, issued recommendations to enhance support services for victims/survivors on campus. A phased implementation of recommendations began in summer 2009. A number of the recommendations are under implementation; a Sexual Assault Health Educator as been hired and changes to the Student Conduct code in its provisions for addressing sexual misconduct have taken place; Additional changes are continuing to take place as the Working group continues to enhance services on campus.

This website content was developed by the Working group and will continue to edit the content as needed. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about the website, please contact Daniel Rappaport, Sexual Assault Health Educator, at rappapor@american.edu or 202-885-3055.

Additionally, if you would be interested in becoming involved in the Working group, please contact Michelle Espinosa, Associate Dean of Students.

 

Resources Overview

The sexual assault resources are divided into two primary categories: Immediate support and Follow-up support. Below we define each category to help you navigate the available resources.

Immediate support: Offers resources, recommendations, and helpful guidelines to assist in the aftermath of an assault. Reactions to trauma vary drastically from individual to individual. In order to help victim/survivors understand the wide array of possible feelings and actions, we list some “common reactions” to trauma and remind victim/survivors that their feelings are normal.

Follow-up support: A thorough review of on and off campus resources. Below are some of the options listed:

  • Counseling can help victims/survivors understand, process, and develop new strategies to cope with difficult feelings in the after experiencing trauma.
  • Academic assistance is available for victims/survivors who may need administrative communication with professors in order to ease academic issues that arise from an assault.
  • Legal assistance is available off-campus from the advocacy group WEAVE.
  • Housing can be altered in order to meet the needs of a victim/survivor.
  • Medical attention is encouraged for victim/survivors in order to check for STI’s, pregnancy, and possible internal or external injuries.
  • Additional resources are available through offices who offer services to specific populations on campus.