How do I support someone that has been accused

Someone I know has been accused of sexual misconduct. How do I support them through the process?

  • Offer to connect student with other resources and people to speak to
    • Being involved in a sexual misconduct report can be a stressful and emotional. Encourage the student to speak with someone. Speaking to a licensed counselor/therapist and/or a spiritual advisor can be valuable coping options. The following options are confidential.
  • Speak to them about the process
    • It will be important for you and the student to become familiar with the process. For information about the University’s process to investigate and adjudicate cases and the rights of those involved, please see the “Denison’s Response and Process for Reports” section of the website.
    • There may be a subsequent or concurrent criminal process, as well. The Rape, Assault, & Incest National Network (RAINN) is a good resource for familiarizing yourself with the criminal process.
  • Reporting Options
    • The student may wish to file a report. There are several options for reporting including reporting to Denison, reporting to law enforcement, reporting to a third party, and/or anonymous reporting. More information can be found in the “Something Happened to Me” page of the site, under the “How do I report?” section.
  • Interim protective measures and accommodations
    • If a report is made through the University, interim accommodations may be made by the reporting party that effect the responding party. Denison can work with the student(s) to enact interim measures during the investigation and adjudication process to aid the safety and well-being of the student(s). More information on accommodations and how to request can be found on the “Denison’s Response and Process for Reports” section of the website.
  • Continue to support your friend
    • Continue to check in and offer your help. The process can be long and emotionally taxing.
  • Take care of yourself.
    • Supporting a person through a difficult and traumatic experience can be difficult and traumatic for the support person too. If you need to talk to someone, Whistler offers counseling services free of charge to students. The Counseling Center can be reached at (740) 587-6647.

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