Actions to Consider If You Have Experienced Sexual Violence
Trust that this is not your fault. We’ll say that again. Trust that this is not your fault. We are here to help you. This is not your fault.
If you have experienced sexual and/or relationship violence, there are a variety of resources available to support you. These resources are available for you throughout your time at Stanford. We invite you to thoughtfully consider the options that are right for you.
There’s no right or wrong way to access support, reporting, or healing options. The following road map provides an example of how to navigate both confidential and non-confidential options that may be helpful to address your needs both immediately and in the long term.
Take Care of Your Well-Being
Consider Seeking a SART Exam
For medical evidence collection, consider seeking a SART exam.
Review Your Reporting Options
Review Student Title IX Process and Stanford Policies
Consider How Broadly You Want to Share Your Experience
You are welcome to describe your experience to anyone you wish. Sometimes students wish that they had not shared their experience so broadly (although every student is different).
Remember that not every resource is confidential. Except for the Confidential Support Team, CAPS/Vaden, the University Ombuds, and the Office for Religious Life Deans, most staff and faculty who work with students need to inform the Title IX Office if they hear about a potential violation of conduct prohibited by University policy (e.g., sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, relationship violence, violation of University directive, retaliation).
Remember that the University prohibits retaliation. If you bring forward a complaint in good faith and someone retaliates against you for doing so, the University will investigate and take action as appropriate.