Title IX - Stop Sexual Violence
What If You Experience or Witness Sexual Violence
- After experiencing sexual violence, the most important thing you can do is get to a safe place.
- If you believe you or anyone else is in immediate danger, call 911 as soon as possible.
- Once you are safe, contact someone you trust to be with you for support. This could be a friend, family member, someone from your faith community, or someone on campus.
- All people should get help if they witness or experience sexual violence.
- If you experience sexual violence, you are not to blame. It does not matter when it happened, where it happened, or what the circumstances surrounding the incident were. It is not your fault.
Seek Medical Attention
No matter what happened, you should seek medical attention as soon as you can, even if you are not sure if you want to report the incident.
- It is the best way to protect you from the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
- And, even if you think you are physically okay, you may have injuries that need treatment.
- You can choose to go to the Foothill Student Health Center (2126 in the lower level of the Student Center) if the assault occurred on campus. Call the Student Health Center at (650) 949-7243.
- You may also choose to go directly to any local hospital’s emergency department.
It is important to have a forensic exam done.
- This ensures that evidence gets collected in case you decide to report what happened to the police or campus authorities.
- While the Student Health Center does not complete forensic exams, they can help get you connected to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Rapid Medical Evaluation & Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) in San Jose; they provide these exams.
- SART provides medical and forensic response to victims of sexual assault who go to their Emergency Department, 24 hours a day.
- For more information about the evidentiary exam process and purpose, please contact The SART coordinator's office at (408) 885-6466.
Preserve Evidence of the Sexual Violence
While you might be tempted to try to erase all signs of what happened to you, and understandably so, it is important to preserve the evidence. You may need it to provide proof of criminal activity or to obtain a protection order.
Do not do any of the following things until you’ve gotten medical attention and/or contacted the police.
- Bathe or shower
- Use the restroom
- Change clothes
- Comb hair
- Clean up the crime scene
- Move anything the offender may have touched
Do not try to collect evidence yourself. Get help from medical or law enforcement personnel as soon as possible, or at least within 72 hours of the assault.
Get Confidential Emotional Support
Coping with the aftermath of sexual violence can be very difficult. Remember though, you are not alone.
Foothill On-Campus Support
Foothill offers confidential counseling services through our Psychological Services & Counseling Office.
- Psychological Services & Personal Counseling is located in 2120 in the lower level of the Campus Center or call (650) 949-7910.
- Counselors in Psych Services are considered confidential employees and cannot share any information you tell them without your written consent.
Off-Campus Community Support & Resources
|Rape Crisis Hotline (San Mateo County)||650.493-Rape|
|Rape Crisis Hotline (Santa Clara County)||408.779.2115|
|Rape Crisis Hotline (San Jose)||650.280.3000|
|Women Against Rape-Counseling (SF)||415.647.7273|
|YWCA Rape Crisis Center Silicon Valley||408.287.3000 24 Hour Crisis Line|
|Suicide Crisis Service||408.279.3312|
|RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network)||1.800.656.4673|
Consider Reporting the Incident
Deciding whether or not to report sexual violence is not easy.
Feel free to take your time with the decision (but make sure to get medical attention to collect evidence).
If you do decide to report the event, you have several options. You can:
- Report it to the Foothill –De Anza Police Department or local law enforcement
- File a complaint with the Title IX coordinator
- Report the event to the Office of Student Affairs & Activities at 650.949.7241
- File a report with the Office of Civil Rights
Foothill strives to uphold privacy and confidentiality as much as possible, and only shares information received with those who have a need to know in order to respond.
Individuals who desire anonymity in discussing and seeking assistance about sexual misconduct should contact and/or be referred to a confidential employee on their campus.
What To Do If You Know a Victim of Sexual Misconduct
- Encourage that person to read this document, seek medical care and talk to a trained counselor or sexual assault advocate.
- Be clear that you support that person. Most importantly, consider and protect that person’s privacy.
- Be sensitive to what they are going through as part of the healing process.