Madison College is committed to providing resources for individuals who have experienced behavior prohibited under applicable policies (complainant) and those accused of prohibited conduct (respondent). Frequently used resources are highlighted below.
- What to do if you have been assaulted
After a sexual assault, victims often sense a loss of control. This is normal. Know that there are people on and off campus who will offer support and can help you make the decisions that are right for you to take care of yourself. It is important to remember that:
- You have choices.
- There is no one right way to take care of yourself.
Here are some things that are important for you to consider.
1. Talk to someone you trust like a friend, family member, counselor or victim advocate.
Community Resources are listed in the Resources section of this page.
Madison College Counseling Services provides confidential on-campus counseling and can be reached at (608) 246-6076. Same day appointment services are also available during these hours for urgent concerns, including issues related to sexual violence.
Madison College has collaborated with the Rape Crisis Center (RCC) to support students in healing from, and understanding, the complexities of trauma and sexual violence. A sexual assault counselor will hold part-time hours on campus to provide confidential services to survivors seeking support. To access this service, stop by the Student Development Center or call (608) 251-7273.
2. Seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
Sexual assault can result in injury or illness that you may not immediately see or feel. It is important that you seek appropriate medical care promptly.
The Forensic Nurse Examiner Program provides direct patient care to victims of sexual violence who present to emergency departments and urgent care centers. This program delivers coordinated, expert forensic and medical care necessary to increase successful prosecution of sex offenders and to assure essential medical intervention to victims of violence. The program can coordinate with local sexual assault victim service providers to make an advocate available at the time of the exam.
3. Preserve physical evidence.
Resist the urge to change clothes, bathe, douche, eat, drink or brush your teeth. Do not go to the bathroom if possible. This is so that physical evidence can be collected and preserved. You do not need to decide at this time whether you want to pursue legal action but if you save the evidence, it offers you more options in the future when you are better able to decide.
4. Discuss your options confidentially without prompting a report to the College by contacting
- Madison College Counseling Services
- A local community-based victim service provider Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
5. File a report with the College by contacting
- Public Safety Services, 24/7 at (608) 245-2222
- Complete the Harassment/Discrimination Complaint Form
6. File a report with your local police department
- If someone you know has been assaulted
After a sexual assault, victims often sense a loss of control. This is normal. The individual will likely seek support from a friend. Knowing how to respond will be very helpful to your friend.
- Listen: Give your friend the time he/she needs to talk. There may be moments of silence. Do not feel pressured to say something. Support your friend by listening to his/her story.
- Respect your friend’s privacy: Your friend has confided in you. Do not share information without his/her permission.
- Get support if you need it: Madison College Counseling Service provides confidential on-campus counseling and can be reached at (608) 246-6076. Additionally a sexual assault counselor from the Rape Crisis Center (RCC) will hold part-time hours on campus to provide support services to survivors, family members and friends of those affected by sexual violence. To access this service, stop by the Student Development Center at the Truax campus or call (608) 251-7273.
- Help to empower your friend: Let your friend know that he/she has choices and that there is no one right way to take care of oneself following a sexual assault.
- Educate yourself about resources to offer to your friend: The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault provides an online list of local community-based victim service providers.
- If you are a bystander
Research indicates that bystanders play a key role in preventing sexual assault. Some simple steps that you can take to take a stand and stop sexual violence include:
- Notice a situation. Know your surroundings. Be aware of behaviors that appear to be inappropriate, coercive or harassing.
- Interpret the situation as a problem. Does someone appear to need help?
- Assume responsibility to intervene. See yourself as one who can provide the needed assistance.
- Know your options and what to do to help. Be informed about possible techniques / approaches.
- Safely take action. Your personal safety is critical. Take action that does not put you in risk of harm.
The Four D’s of Bystander Intervention
- Direct: Address the situation directly by stepping in.
- Distract: Distract either person in the situation to intervene.
- Delegate: Find others who can help you to intervene in the situation. Talk about the strategy to disrupt the situation together.
- Delay: You may not be able to do something right in the moment - check in with the person after the incident to see if you can help.