If you have been hurt by an acquaintance, partner, family member or stranger, it was not your fault. The CEASE program of the Counseling Center provides free and confidential services to SUNY Fredonia students who have been hurt by sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. Below you will find information that about sexual assault and services available for students.
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If you have been sexually assaulted:
Go someplace safe. Tell a person who will support you and/or contact the CEASE program of the Counseling Center.
The CEASE program provides on-campus advocacy and referrals for SUNY Fredonia students that are survivors of violence. We can answer questions, be someone to talk to, offer emotional support, and provide referrals. You can make an appointment with the CEASE office by stopping by the Counseling Center, LoGrasso Hall, calling us at (716) 673-3424, or emailing the CEASE coordinator at Julie.Bezek@fredonia.edu. The CEASE office is open M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
For 24 hour assistance The Anew Center of Jamestown (The Salvation Army) provides a 24/7 helpline for survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence (1-800-252-8748). The helpline can answer questions, provide referrals or send a victim advocate to meet with you.
Both services are free and confidential. We highly encourage survivors to contact an advocate.
Have your medical needs attended to at a clinic or in the emergency room.
Taking care of your physical and medical state can play an important role in healing. You may have internal and/or external injuries as a result of the assault requiring medical care. Additionally, you may want to explore options for preventing sexually transmitted infections/disease (STI/STD) and/or pregnancy.
Emergency contraception (EC) is available at area pharmacies, while it is ‘over the counter’ and does not require an Rx, you will have to ask the pharmacist to obtain EC. The Health Center offers EC for $15.00 and the Chautauqua County Health Department in Dunkirk offers EC free of charge (see below for contact information).
There is no 'right' place to go for medical attention after an assault. Seek the services that best match your needs and comfort level - your own health care practitioner, a staff members at the Health Center, or Brooks Memorial Hospital.
Brooks Memorial Hospital can provide medial treatment to survivors of sexual assault. They can offer treatment for injuries, STD testing and treatment, the morning after pill, and basic evidence collection (also known as 'rape kits'). Advocates from The Anew Center can be contacted to provide advocacy services. Survivors who have a sexual assault kit completed do not have to file a police report or press criminal charges.Contact Information:
529 Central Avenue - Dunkirk
Things to know about the SANE exam:
The Chautauqua County Health Department - Reproductive Health Services Clinic can provide free and confidential STD/HIV testing and treatment. They can also provide the morning after pill.Contact Information:
319 Central Avenue - Dunkirk
The Health Center staff is specially trained to identify and respond to the medical needs of sexual assault survivors. The Health Center can provide treatment for injuries, the morning after pill, and referrals to outside providers for additional services. The Health Center does not provide evidence collection services (also known as 'rape kits'). They can provide you with transportation to Brooks Hospital to have evidence collected.Contact Information:
LoGrasso Hall, SUNY Fredonia
FRED ASSIST - formerly known as Birth Control Information Clinic (BCIC): Sexual health clinic that offers services to male and female SUNY Fredonia students. Services include: pap smears, testing for Chlamydia and gonorrhea (urine test for males & females), emergency contraception (at clinics only), and hormonal contraception. Please see BCIC for a complete price list for services. Clinical services are provided by a medical staff and student volunteers staff office hours to answer questions regarding sexual health and make appointments for the clinic. Services are available for all Fredonia State students and are completely confidential.
Consider whether you'd like to make a police report. If there's any chance that you want to report your assault to the police now or in the future:
Not everyone is comfortable with using the criminal justice system or campus disciplinary process to respond to a sexual assault. It is your decision whether or not to take judicial or legal action against the perpetrator. We encourage you to seek out the support system that feels most appropriate and helpful.
Assaults that occurred on-campus be reported to the survivor’s Residence Director, Judicial Affairs, or the University Police. Assaults that occurred off-campus can be reported Village of Fredonia Police or the law enforcement jurisdiction where the assault took place. We encourage survivors to bring an advocate or friend for support.
Students have the option to pursue criminal charges (assaults that took place on or off campus) and/or disciplinary action through student conduct process (assaults that took place on campus). For more information about the student conduct process please contact the CEASE program or Judicial Affairs.
Gregory Hall - 2nd Floor
Village of Fredonia Police
Things to know about filing a Police Report:
Anonymous Sexual Assault Report
Counseling Services & Other Assistance
Counseling can be an integral part of recovery from a sexual assault. The Counseling Center can provide mental health services for victims of sexual assault. Their services are free and confidential. They are located in LoGrasso Hall and are open M-F 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
Sex should feel good, mutual, intimate. When it doesn't, people sometimes don't know how to define it. When the experience falls on the coercion/abuse side of the continuum people are reluctant to call it rape or sexual violence unless it happened on a dark street with a stranger. If you feel bad, taken advantage of or abused, you should take these feelings seriously even if you don't know what label to put on the experience.
Confusion is a common response to an unexpected event. You did not intend or expect the situation to end with you feeling uncomfortable, bad or taken advantage of. It may take some time to process the unexpected, and possibly violent, turn of events. Accept your confusion as natural and pay attention to your other feelings and responses.
Many people minimize the significance of an event and minimize the strength of their emotional response when something bad happens to them. In a way this can be an adaptive strategy, but it also can make it more difficult to deal with what happened. Be careful not to dismiss your feelings of discomfort too quickly.
You may also be concerned that your decisions and actions contributed to the bad outcome and worry that it's your fault. You are right in taking responsibility for your own decisions and actions, but you are not responsible for the actions of the other person, nor are you in any way "deserving" of what happened to you.
If in your gut you feel that something "bad" or "wrong" happened and that you feel uncomfortable, hurt, angry, etc. then you need to take this gut awareness seriously. It is a fallacy that people over report sexual assault. In fact it is one of the most under reported crimes.
CEASE can assist students who want to process their thoughts and feelings so they can fully deal with what happened. We can answer questions, be someone to talk to, offer emotional support, and provide referrals. All services are free and confidential.
The New York State Penal code broadly defines sexual assault as engaging in sexual intercourse (vaginal, oral, anal) with another person without such person's consent.
University Policy on Sexual Assault
The Fredonia campus will not tolerate sexual assault in any form, including acquaintance rape. Where there is probable cause to believe that the campus' regulations prohibiting sexual assault have been violated, the campus will pursue strong disciplinary action through its own channels. This discipline includes the possibility of suspension or dismissal from the university.
A student charged with sexual assault can be prosecuted under New York State criminal statutes and disciplined under the campus code of student conduct. Even if the criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute, the campus can pursue disciplinary action. A student may be charged under Section 2(f) of the Standards of Behavior.
In addressing cases of sexual assault SUNY Fredonia works to ensure fairness and to provide support for all persons involved, especially the victims. Students who have questions about the procedures and protections provided in these cases are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Affairs and/or University Police. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of the Counseling Center and Health Center for further assistance.
SUNY Fredonia recognizes the following definition of consent: voluntary, non-coerced and clear communication indicating a willingness to engage in a particular act. Consent is defined in the following manner; consent or lack of consent may be expressed or implied. Acquiescence does not necessarily constitute consent, further consent cannot be construed if: (1) It is given by a person who is legally incompetent to authorize the conduct charged to constitute the offense and such incompetence is manifest or known to the actor; or (2) It is given by a person who by reason of youth, mental disease or defect, or intoxication is manifestly unable or known to the actor to be unable to make a reasonable judgment as to the nature or harmfulness of the conduct charged to constitute the offense; or (3) It is induced by force, duress or deception.
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is any unwanted, coerced, or forced sexual contact or intercourse with someone who does not give or is unable to give consent (e.g. under the influence of alcohol or drugs or asleep). Sexual assault can involve the sexual penetration of a body orifice, but also includes other unwanted sexual contact. Most victims will know their perpetrator(s); they may be friend, current or former partner, classmate, co-worker, or date. Sexual assault can happen to women and men, individuals who are straight, bi-sexual, gay, or lesbian. Alcohol, date rape drugs or other substances may also be involved in the sexual assault.
A common myth is that your assailant will be a stranger that jumps out of the bushes and assaults you. However, it is far more likely that your assailant will be an acquaintance.
According to a Department of Justice report, "Ninety percent of college women who are victims of rape or attempted rape know their assailant. The attacker is usually a classmate, friend, boyfriend, ex-boyfriend, or other acquaintance (in that order)."
Victims of sexual assault can be women or men, and sexual assault can occur between individuals of the same sex or gender. While more than 90% of victims are women, men are also sexually assaulted and raped, usually by other men; 98% of men who rape other men identify themselves as heterosexual in consensual sexual relationships.
* Sexual assault is never the fault of the victim.
* Think about what you really want, emotionally and sexually, from or with the other person.
* Feel good about yourself, and if you do not - get yourself involved in activities and with people who will make you feel better.
* After determining what you want, communicate your needs and set clear limits for acceptable behavior (such as "Would you like to have sex?" or "No touching below the waist.").
* Observe how the environment around you is changing (such as your being left at a party by your friends when you do not know how you will get home).
Know Your Rights
* You have the right to determine what type of interactions you will have with another person.
Know Which Behaviors Constitute Sexual Assault
* It is a crime to have sex with someone who is passed out due to drug or alcohol use and is unable to express consent.
To Reduce Your Risk of Becoming a Victim...
Observe Your Feelings and Behavior* Trust your own instincts at all times. If you feel uneasy, there is a reason for it. Listen to the voice inside you and act on it.
* Ask yourself: "Am I able to say 'no' if I am uncomfortable with what is happening?"
* Observe the behavior of those around you.
* Be aware when others attempt to violate your personal space.
* Do not assume that someone who has been nonviolent in the past will be nonviolent in the future.
Communicate Your Feelings and Needs
* Before you find yourself alone with a date, clarify your intentions with each other.
Use Your Power to be in Control
* Maintain your boundaries and rules of conduct at all times, regardless of how well you know someone.
To Reduce the Risk of Perpetrating a Crime...
Observe Your Behavior
* If you find yourself being manipulative towards others, emotionally or sexually, STOP. Do not exploit others.
Know the Facts
* Most sexual assaults occur between people who know each other.
Adapted from Bowling Green State University's Coalition Against Sexual Offenses
Things to know when assisting a survivor of sexual assault:
CEASE provides survivors (and individuals assisting survivors) with emotional support, someone to talk to, and referrals for medical and legal options; in a setting that is non-judgmental. CEASE services are free and confidential. If you are assisting survivor and need help please contact the CEASE program; assisting someone who is coping with the aftermath of sexual assault can be a very difficult and confusing process.
Campus, Education, Awareness, Support, and Effect (CEASE) is the Violence Prevention - Victim Services program at SUNY Fredonia. The program is coordinated through the Counseling Center and works to prevent sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking and provide advocacy services to students who are survivors of interpersonal violence. CEASE provides survivors (and individuals assisting survivors) with emotional support, someone to talk to, and referrals for medical and legal options; in a setting that is non-judgmental. The CEASE Program does not tell survivors what to do; instead we offer options that are available to you. CEASE services are free and confidential. We highly encourage survivors to contact the CEASE program; coping with the aftermath of sexual assault can be a very difficult and confusing process.
For more information on the CEASE Program call us at 673-3424, stop by our office in LoGrasso Hall, or email the CEASE Coordinator, Julie.Bezek@fredonia.edu.
The emotional trauma caused by a sexual assault can be severe and long-lasting. You may be affected in many different ways. Although each person is unique, there are some feelings and reactions that most sexual assault victims experience. It can be helpful for you to know about these responses. You may experience some or all of these symptoms. They may occur immediately, or you may have a delayed reaction weeks or months later. Certain situations, such as seeing the assailant or testifying in court, may intensify the symptoms or cause them to reoccur after a period during which you have been feeling better. Please remember that all of your feelings and reactions are a normal part of recovery and it can help to talk with someone about how you are feeling.
The following rights shall be afforded to victims of sexual assault-
You have the right: