If a student reports that he or she has been a victim of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct, the student has options on how to proceed. The most important thing is that the student is safe and is not in imminent danger.
What to Do When a Student is in Distress
Listen non-judgmentally. Accept the experience as the student describes it. Articulate clearly that you believe the student and you want to provide support in any way that you can.
Validate the student’s feelings
Assure the student that it is not their fault. Self-blame is common among victims of sexual violence.
Do not make judgmental comments. Do not comment on what could have been done differently or make statements that imply that the student could have avoided the harassment or assault.
Be sympathetic. However, do not let your own emotions get in the way of supporting the student.
Discuss options. Show them the
SMC Administrative Regulation on Sexual Misconduct and provide a Sexual Misconduct Brochure on sexual misconduct.
Get support for yourself. Do not hesitate to seek advice from
individuals who are in a position to help. It is not necessary to give names or details of the incident to get initial support and to learn more about options. Some options for help include the SMC Crisis Prevention Team, SMC Psychological Services, and the SMC Title IX Officer.
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It's On Us - To Stop Sexual Assault.
Who Do I Contact?
Talk to Someone on Campus Confidentially
SMC Center for Wellness and Wellbeing (Psychological Services)
SMC Student Health Services
SMC Ombudsperson Office
Talk to Someone On Campus
Title IX Coordinator
Lisa Winter, Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator
Title IX Deputies
Dione (Dee Dee) M. Carter
Dean, Noncredit & Exteranl Programs
Co-Chair, Santa Monica Regional Consortium for Adult Education
Interim Athletic Director
Associate Dean, Student Life
Interim Assistant Athletic Director
Guardian Scholars Coordinator
Associate Dean, International Education Center
Director, Business Development and Small Business Support
Workforce and Economic Development Office
Sherri Lee Lewis
Dean, Human Resources
Dean Academic Affairs
Director, Disabled Student Program and Services
Phone: 310-434 4313
Administrative Assistant III-Confidential
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Title IX
Talk to Someone Confidentially Off-Campus
Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center
Talk to other Confidential 24/7 Hotline Support
National Sexual Assault Hotline-Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
Center for Pacific Asian Families Hotline
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Lifeline
L.A. Warmline-Overnight Telephone Support
National Domestic Violence Hotline
(TTY) (800) 787-3224 (TTY)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Trevor Lifeline, Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ Youth
Suicide and Rape (24 Hour Emergency Services National Hotline)
Sojourn Services for Battered Women and Their Children (Crisis Hotline)
L.A. Rape and Battering Hotline
1in6 Support for men
24/7 hotline online support
Talk to and/or File a Police Report
On-Campus: Santa Monica College Police Depart
File a Report: The Incident Involved an SMC Student
Student Judicial Affairs
File a Report: The Incident Involved an SMC Employee
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