Stranger and Relationship Violence

Stranger and Relationship Violence
Stranger and relationship violence are forms of behavior that seriously harm The College of Idaho community. These crimes will not be tolerated on campus under any circumstances. Victims/survivors of sexual assaults may experience one or more common, but highly stressful, reactions. These include depression, self-blame, intense anxiety, confusion, a feeling of loss of control and recurrent nightmares. These reactions may continue long after the assault. Discussing the experience with a trained professional can be very helpful. The following campus and community resources are available:

  • Counseling Center:  459-5561
  • Campus Ministry:  459-5282
  • Dean of Student Affairs:  459-5841
  • WCA Rape Crisis Center: 345-7273
  • Caldwell City Victim Witness Coordinator : 455-3116
  • Canyon County Victim's Rights Unit: 454-7391
  • Men's and Women's Center Advocates:  459-5878

What Should I Do? Many victims of sexual assault, sexual battery or rape are unsure what to do. They may be ashamed to speak to anyone or be afraid that no one will believe them. Sometimes victims feel that somehow the action against them was their fault. Our primary concern is that the victim receives proper medical attention and counseling. If you are the victim of a sexual assault, the following should serve as a guide:

  • Go to a safe place.
  • Call an advocate, counselor, friend, relative, or someone you trust to come and be with you.
  • Preserve evidence. Do not shower, douche, bathe, change clothing, or remove anything from the scene of the assault.
  • Get medical attention. In order to protect your health and attend to any injuries or infections that may arise from the assault, medical treatment is necessary. Even if you don't think you want to report the assault or press charges, it is important to be examined by a physician as soon as possible after the assault. Emergency room personnel are trained in the collection of physical evidence which will help you if you should later choose to use legal avenues.
  • Decide whether to report the incident to campus or law enforcement authorities.

The Importance of Reporting The College strongly urges students who have experienced sexual violence to come forward and report their experiences, with either a confidential or open report, to campus officials and/or appropriate law enforcement. Not only do the reports help identify potential predators, but more important, they connect students to invaluable resources that may help her or him deal with the inevitable repercussions that follow such a traumatic event. In addition, such reports help the College create educational programs that can prevent such incidents from happening in the future. Ultimately students have the right to, or not to, notify and seek assistance from campus and/or law enforcement authorities.

Reporting Sexual Violence Filing a report does not commit you to pressing charges, but the information you provide about an incident or individual may be critical to preventing further violence. Where there is reason to believe that an incident of sexual violence has occurred, the person who has been violated has three reporting options:

  • File a confidential report with a college counselor or Advocate through the Men's and Women's Center who guarantees that no name shall be attached to the report unless express permission is given to do so. This report will be used by the college administration to track trends, plan educational awareness programming and other community safety concerns, but the student's name will not be disclosed. 
  • File a confidential report with any other college personnel. Every effort will be made to honor the student's desire for confidentiality, but cannot be guaranteed. The report provides the College and the community with the obligation to identify the person responsible and take reasonable action to address the factors that might prevent such an occurrence in the future.
  • File an open report with all names fully disclosed to campus and/or law enforcement authorities.

Reports may be made to any of the following:

  • Dean of Student Affairs: 459-5841
  • Counseling Center:  459-5561
  • Campus Safety:  459-5151
  • Men's and Women's Center Advocates:  459-5878
  • Residence Life:  459-5121

College Response to Sexual Violence Confidential and Open reports of sexual violence are submitted to the Dean of Student Affairs (or designee). As outlined in the campus disciplinary system, after the completion of an investigation by Campus Safety, the Dean of Student Affairs (or designee) will determine whether or not a hearing will be held and relay information about victim rights in the disciplinary process. Where there is reason to believe that violence has occurred, the College will pursue disciplinary action through the campus disciplinary system. Student Conduct Procedures can be found here.Such discipline may include judicial no-contact orders, the possibility of suspension, or dismissal from the College. In addition, The College of Idaho may pursue enforcement of its own rules whether or not legal proceedings are underway or in prospect and may use information from third party sources, such as law enforcement agencies and the court, to determine whether College rules have been broken. The College makes no attempt to shield members of the College community from the law, nor does it intervene in legal proceedings against a member of the community.

Definitions:

Sexual Assault
Any non-intercourse sexual activity, however slight, with any object, by a man or a woman, without unequivocal consent.

Sexual Battery
Any unwanted touching, however slight, of an intimate part of another person for the purpose of sexual arousal.

Rape
Any sexual intercourse, anal, oral or vaginal, however slight, with any object, by a man or a woman, without unequivocal consent. Rape may occur between individuals who know one another (Acquaintance Rape) or between strangers. (Stranger Rape).

Unequivocal Consent
Consent that is informed, freely and actively given, via mutually understandable words or actions which indicate a willingness to engage in an activity at the same time, in the same manner with another individual or individuals. It is the responsibility of the sexual initiator to make sure that he or she obtains unequivocal consent from his or her partner before engaging in any sexual activity. Consent to one form of sexual activity does not necessarily imply consent to other forms of sexual activity. Mutually understandable consent must be obtained by the initiator at every stage of sexual interaction. Consent which is obtained through the use of force, actual or implied, whether that force is exerted physically or through threats, intimidation or coercion, does not constitute unequivocal consent. Physically incapacitated persons cannot give consent to sexual activity. Such incapacitation may be the result of drugs or alcohol, voluntarily or involuntarily consumed, unconsciousness or anything else that renders an individual physically helpless. 

Sexual Harassment
Any unwelcome sexual conduct which is related to any condition of employment or evaluation of student performance. It includes unwarranted sex-related comments, sexually explicit comments or graphics, unwelcome touching, etc. Sexual harassment can take the form of making derogatory jokes based on sex, crude or offensive language, spreading rumors about a person's sexuality, placing a compromising photo on the web, or ogling. These behaviors cause the recipient discomfort or humiliation, and continue after the recipient has made clear that they want them to stop.

Stalking
The willful, repeated, and malicious following, harassing or threatening of another person that would cause a reasonable person to - (A) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or (B) suffer substantial emotional distress. This includes, but is not limited to, being telephoned, e-mailed or text-messaged, being waited for outside or inside places, being watched from afar, and/or being followed.

Relationship Violence
The actual or threatened physical, sexual or psychological and emotional abuse between persons in a platonic, professional or intimate relationship. The violence is motivated by the perpetrator's desire to exert control and/or power over the victim in a way that undermines the victim's sense of safety and self.

Dating Violence
The actual or threatened physical or sexual violence or psychological and emotional abuse toward a current or former dating partner. 

Hazing
Any activity expected of someone joining a group (or to maintain full status in a group) that humiliates, degrades, or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person's willingness to participate.

Bias Crimes
Crimes that are motivated in whole or in part by hatred against a victim based on his or her race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin or disability.