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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Help for Survivors

Page address: http://mnsu7700france.info.mnsu.edu/eotitleix/titleix/resources.html

What to do:

If you experience an incident of sexual misconduct, which includes; sexual assault, stalking, dating/relationship violence you may want to consider the following:

  • Contact University Security at 507-389-2111 or local law enforcement at 911
  • Seek medical attention
  • Preserve evidence in case you choose to pursue charges
  • File a complaint with the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX at 507-389-2986
  • Seek out counseling/support

You set the pace, you have the right to choose your course of action.

 Per Minnesota State/MSU’s 1B.3 Sexual Violence Policy; Sexual Violence includes but is not limited to actual, attempted and threatened instances of:

  • dating and relationship violence
  • sexual assault
  • stalking

 

Preserve evidence -Try to remember and write down as many facts about the attacker/stalker as you can. Consider preserving evidence such as clothing, bedding, letters, texts, emails, or photos. Without this evidence, it is more difficult to press charges. If you have been sexually assaulted, it's important to seek medical attention immediately regardless of whether you report the matter to the police. Timely reporting aids in prosecution; however, sexual assaults may be reported at any time. Do not wash, douche, brush your teeth, or change your clothing before the medical examination. Physical evidence should be collected within 48 hours after the assault. If you believe you have been given a drug to attempt to facilitate a sexual assault, visit the closest emergency room immediately. Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato offers emergency treatment for sexual assault survivors. Emergency room treatment for sexual assault is confidential and paid for by the county.

 

Reporting - Attempted, threatened or actual sexual violence is a crime. You have the right to report it. There are a number of options for you if you want to discuss sexual assault, dating/relationship violence, stalking or sexual harassment in confidence. If you would like to speak to a confidential resource (trained individuals who are not legally mandated to report instances of sexual and gender violence to law enforcement or university officials) regarding instances or suspected instances of sexual violence you’ve experienced or on behalf of a friend or loved one, trained advocates are available to support you. They assist in outlining all of your options and rights, address your concerns, and support you through a reporting process (should you choose to file a report). Within the criminal justice system, there are two legal avenues to pursue: criminal and civil. Reporting and cooperating with law enforcement makes you eligible for financial assistance through the Crime Victim's Reparation fund. You may also choose to file a Harassment Restraining Order or Order for Protection.

 

For students, faculty and staff, if you feel that you have been a victim/survior of sexual violence below are some resources to assist you.

 

ON CAMPUS RESOURCES

Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX - (507-389-2986) Responsible for investigating allegations/reports/complaints of sexual violence.

University Security - (507-389-2111), offers 24 hour walking escorts, 15 emergency telephones with direct dial button to Security and On-Duty Emergency Medical Technicians

Counseling Center -(507-389-1455) Licensed counselors and clinicians are available free of charge to students at the MSU Counseling Center, open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Confidential Resource)

Student Health Services (507-389-6762) can provide medical evaluation and treatment, open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Confidential Resource)

Violence Awareness & Response Program (Confidential Resource)

Accessibility Resources

Residential Life (507-389-1011)

Personal Safety Hotline - Phone: 507-389-2594

OFF CAMPUS RESOURCES

CADA -(Committee Against Domestic Abuse) Located in Mankato, provides a 24-hour crisis line at 800-477-0466. If you call this number, you will reach an advocate who will support you, explain your options, and accompany you to access services such as police and medical care. CADA Advocates are not affiliated with MSU and are confidential resources.

National Domestic Violence Hotline -  (800-799-7233) Providing a 24-hour hotline for those in crisis.

Minnesota Relay Services

For people with speech or hearing impairments
Phone: 800-627-3529 (MRS/TTY) or dial 711 from any phone