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If you experience sexual misconduct…

Regardless of when or where the incident occurred, it is never too late to speak with a support resource about your options. 

The College encourages all individuals to seek assistance from a medical provider and/or law enforcement immediately after an incident of sexual misconduct.  This is the best option to ensure preservation of evidence and to begin a timely investigative and remedial response.  The College will assist any Grinnell College community member to get to a safe place and will provide transportation to the hospital, coordination with law enforcement, and information about the College’s resources and complaint processes.

There is a limited window of time (typically 72 to 96 hours) following an incident of sexual assault to preserve physical and other forms of evidence.  Taking the step to gather evidence immediately does not commit an individual to any course of action.  The decision to seek medical attention and gather any evidence will remain confidential and preserve the full range of options to seek resolution through the College’s complaint processes and/or criminal action.

 

If you experience an incident of sexual misconduct, consider the following actions:

Contact Campus Safety & Security (641) 269-4600 (24 hrs.) or law enforcement (911) if in immediate danger

  • Get away from your assailant and to a safe place.
  • Tell the dispatcher this is an emergency situation and where you are. You do not have to give any personal details to the security dispatcher.
  • Ask for an Advocate, RLC on call, or a security officer.

Seek medical attention

Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Emergency Room

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
210 4th Avenue
(641) 236-2380

GRMC can conduct a medical exam. You can request a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) for your exam.  If no SANE is available, another nurse will conduct your exam.  You may request that a friend, Grinnell Advocate, or other support person accompany you during the exam. To request a Grinnell Advocate, call (641) 260-1615.  Alternatively, call Campus Safety and Security at (641) 269-4600 and ask for an Advocate.

  • The medical exam has two goals: first, to treat the full extent of any injury or physical trauma and to consider the possibilities of sexually transmitted disease or pregnancy and, second, to properly preserve evidence in case you decide to prosecute.
  • IMPORTANT: Do not bathe, douche, brush your teeth, drink or change your clothing, as you may be destroying evidence you will need if you decide to prosecute. If you must change clothing, place them in a paper bag (do not use plastic bags). 

Student Health and Counseling Services (SHACS)

Open Monday-Friday, 8-5pm
Lower level of Forum, 1119 6th Avenue
(641) 269-3230

Nurses can check for infection and provide emergency contraception, other nursing care, and referrals as appropriate.  Nurses and counselors are also available on-call after hours to direct you to medical help.

Seek support

Contact one of the support resource available to you both on and off campus, or call a parent, relative, or close friend for support.  We encourage any individual who has questions or concerns to seek the support of campus and community resources.  These resources can provide guidance in making decisions, information about available resources and procedural options, and assistance to either party in the event that a report and/or resolution under this policy is pursued.  Individuals are encouraged to use all available resources, regardless of when or where the incident occurred.

Talk with your Title IX Coordinator about your options

Grinnell College’s Title IX Coordinator will help review your options for next steps and link you to support resources.  You have agency at each step in the process to set the pace and make your own decisions about how best to proceed, except when there is an immediate threat to the community or a minor is involved.