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Avoiding multiple disclosures

Highlight which university staff victims/survivors can report sexual violence to so they need only report once.

Many participants in our study were well aware that the trauma associated with SV/SA can be compounded when victims/survivors find themselves having to repeat their stories. Some participants had heard of students who, after reporting an incident, had to do just that. Ensuring there are “one stop” avenues for reporting, and communicating these avenues to students can ease student concerns in this area. Available “one stop” avenues should be as representative as possible of diversity within the student body. It may be possible to collaborate with an organization like keepME.Safe so that the culturally diverse mental health professionals working with such an organization would be equipped to receive reports. For more information on KeepME.Safe, see the recommendation “Providing access to culturally diverse service providers.”