Anonymous Reporting of Sexual Assault
Anonymous reporting is an alternative option that allows the victim to share critical information about the sexual assault with Campus Safety without sacrificing confidentiality and filing a formal complaint. It also enables Campus Safety to gain information about sexual assaults on campus that would otherwise go unreported. No record of this report will be created or stored.
Helping a Survivor
Sexual assault is never the survivor’s fault, no matter what; no matter how much alcohol was consumed. Alcohol may increase the risk of sexual assault, and may make someone incapable of giving consent or protecting themselves, but it is not the cause of the assault. Responsibility lies with the perpetrator; the survivor is never responsible for the assailant's behavior (75% of admitted date rapists said they used alcohol to get dates drunk so they could have sex; 40% of men in one study thought it was acceptable behavior to force sex on a woman who was drunk).
In the vast majority of sexual assaults against college students, the offender is known to the victim (acquaintance sexual assault accounts for 90% of college rapes). This means that the offender was not a close or intimate friend, but someone recognized by the victim such as a classmate, friend of a friend, lab partner, someone seen around campus, or person met at a party.
Survivors of a sexual assault may experience a range of emotional, physical, and mental reactions to the trauma of being victimized, which may include the following:
- Eating difficulties
- Difficulties concentrating
- Mood Swings
- Loss of interest in activities
- Withdrawal from others
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feelings of worthlessness
If a friend has been sexually assaulted:
- Believe your friend.
- Listen non-judgmentally.
- Assure your friend that he or she is not to blame for the sexual assault.
- Encourage your friend to immediately reach out for help (reporting options).
- Empower your friend to make his or her own choices.
- Stay with your friend during interviews and examinations if she or he wants you to do so.
- Take care of yourself. You may need to talk to someone about how this has affected you.
If you have been sexually assaulted:
- Go to a safe location.
- Do not blame yourself. The sexual assault was not your fault.
- If you are injured, seek medical attention immediately.
- Reach out for help (reporting options).
- Understand that you have choices, and you should make the choice that is best for you.
- In order to preserve evidence, do not shower, bathe, douche, or brush your teeth.
- Recognize that healing from a sexual assault will take time. Give yourself the time you need.
- Remember, it is never too late to seek help. Many victims do not realize they need help until months or years later.
Boyd Meditation Chapel
The Boyd Meditation Chapel offers a space to meet Albion College's personal and small group spiritual needs. It is located on the south end of the Goodrich Chapel building, down the hall from the front entrance, and is open the same hours as the main building. All members of the Albion College community are welcome to use the room. The Boyd Meditation Chapel is available for "drop-in" use or by reservation to
. Storage cabinets are available for reservation by groups (contact
to obtain a reservation form). Zabutons, zafus, and "how-to" literature about spiritual practices are accessible to anyone
Spiritual Life Library
The Spiritual Life Library offers a space for campus spiritual life groups to meet, as well as a home for a student-picked collection of literature and other resources. It is located in Stockwell Library 305, adjacent to the Wendell Will Room, and is open the same hours as the Library. All members of the Albion College community are welcome to use the room. Most of the collection is available for reservation/check-out on an honor system. The Spiritual Life Library is available for "drop-in" use or by reservation to
. Storage cabinets are available by groups; contact
Opened in 1957, Goodrich Chapel is often considered the visual hub of the Albion community. Individuals and groups that wish to use Goodrich Chapel can inquire at
. The College Chaplain can also be contacted at
to discuss potential use.
Whitehouse Nature Center
For most individuals, spiritual development is deepened through connection with the natural world. The Whitehouse Nature Center offers a space to help this connection. It is easily accessible next to the Athletic complex fields. For more information, visit the Whitehouse Nature Center website.
Office of the Chaplain
The Office of the Chaplain offers a safe space for students and groups to relax and reflect, as well as find resources for advocacy and planning. It is located at 1000 E. Porter St., across from Whitehouse Hall, and is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. All members of the Albion College community are welcome. The College Chaplain is available for prayer and discussions of spiritual discernment.
Resources for Personal Growth
Tips for Individual Spiritual Practice
The Office of the Chaplain offers one-page "tips" for spiritual practice in a variety of traditions. Most of these ideas can be practiced alone; a few require participation in a group. Students are welcome to stop by the Office of the Chaplain to pick up one-page "tips" on any of the following traditions:
- Spiritual but Not Religious
Many students seek to integrate meditation into their life. There are a number of ways on campus to find help in this:
- Yoga Class. Taking this for-credit course is one of the most accessible ways to learn to meditate.
- Buddhist Sitting Group. Beginning in the fall 2010 semester, this group will be focused on Buddhist traditions of meditation.
- Counseling Services. Many of the counselors on staff can help resource individuals interested in meditation.
- Idiot's Guide to Meditation is available in the Boyd Meditation Chapel, along with other how-to literature (e.g., Zen).
Bible Studies and Prayer Groups
Many Christian groups on campus host Bible studies and prayer groups, using a wide variety of curriculum. For more information, please contact the Office of the Chaplain if you are interested in learning more, attending, or leading a study/prayer group.
Many students find support for their spiritual growth through counseling sessions at Counseling Services. To learn more, call their office at x0236.
Meet with the Chaplain
Many students find support for their spiritual growth, as well as prayer and pastoral presence, through meeting with the College Chaplain. To learn more, call the office at x0492.