If you suspect a student has been the victim of a crime:
- Ensure the student's safety
- Acknowledge the event
- Believe them
- Don't ask questions; just listen
- Do not judge what the student tells you
- Offer Support
- Let them make their own decisions to report or not to report
- Encourage the person to call, or allow you to call, the Victim Advocate Program for assistance, safety planning, and a list of available options.
- If student does not want support from anyone other than you, you may want to contact the Victim Advocate Program for a list of options for the student and support for yourself.
If a student reports a rape to you:
- Ensure the student's safety.
- Encourage the student to call, or allow you to call, the Victim Advocate Program to discuss options available. This is a confidential service; the person's name DOES NOT have to be revealed.
- If the student does not want anyone contacted, offer nonjudgmental support.
- Do not press for details.
- Give student the following phone numbers for future references:
- Victim Advocate Program-644-7161/644-2277; after hours 644-1234(FSU Police Dept. dispatch-ask to speak with an advocate)
- FSU Police-644-1234
- Thagard Student Health Center-644-5255
- University Counseling Center-644-2003
FSU Policy requires that faculty and employees notify the Victim Advocate Program of reported rapes for statistical purposes only. Contact the program after providing support to the student and someone will guide you as to the information needed. The person's name DOES NOT HAVE TO BE REVEALED.
Please contact us if you are interested in more information about victimization issues.