Sexual Misconduct: Unwanted Sexual Behavior
Reporting Sexual Misconduct
If you have experienced sexual misconduct, you will need to decide
whether or not to report the behavior. This is and will be a difficult
time for you. You may be overwhelmed with reactions and feelings.
Remember that many of the behaviors on the continuum of sexual
misconduct are considered crimes, so it is best to keep your options
open. You are not at fault. The person who forced you, exploited
you, or ignored your protests is the person at fault. Reporting the
behavior to the police or the University does not mean you have to
press charges, but reporting the incident promptly better preserves
your options to do so at a later date, and also can be a step toward
regaining a sense of power and control in your life.
To report Sexual Misconduct, contact:
- Safety and Security (215.951.2111) can put you in touch with the Philadelphia Police.
- The Resident Coordinator on Duty (215.951.1552) can help you decide what to do next.
- The University is committed to providing you with help and support regardless of what rights you might choose to exercise. If you have any questions about sexual assault survivors’ rights, contact Mark Badstubner, Director of Community Standards and Support (215.951.1530), Ali Martin Scoufield, Director of Residential Communities (215.951.1531), or Alan Wendell, Senior Associate Dean of Students (215.951.1916). Additional details about the judicial process can be found in the Student Guide to the Resources, Rights, and Responsibilities.
- For confidential support, please contact the Student Health Center (215.951.1565), the Student Counseling Center (215.951.1355) or University Ministry and Service (215.951.1048 and ask to speak to the priest).
- Philadelphia Police (911). An officer will ask you questions, but it is up to you what you want to disclose. Reporting the assault to the police does not mean you are committed to prosecuting
your assailant. You can decide this later.
"So often, we believe that we have come to a place that is void of hope and void of possibilities, only to find that it is the very hopelessness that allows us to hit bottom, give up our illusion of control, turn it over, and ask for help. Out of the ashes of our hopelessness comes the fire of our hope."
- Anne Wilson Shaef, PhD.