Confidentiality and gender are the most important qualities
Participant 1: I would like an experienced person [to provide support following a sexual assault experience].
Participant 2: You mean they have professional knowledge and backgrounds?
Participant 1: Besides, we also want to keep our information secret.
Facilitator: So, you don't want the public to learn about what happened to you?
Participant 2: Yes.
Participant 1: There will be female consultants and male consultants at least, we can choose.
Facilitator: So confidentiality and gender are the most important qualities.
When responding to a disclosure or report of sexual violence, provide students with the choice to work with someone who shares their gender identity or someone who does not. This applies to the victim/survivor or complainant and respondent.
Promote SANE nurses as supporters for victims/survivors. Ideally, this would happen in the context of a formal partnership with SANE nurses, which includes 24/7 availability of SANE nurse services on campus.
Provide long-term support to victims/survivors through university services and/or through referals to external community-based agencies.
Use an app or other tool that allows students to anonymously ask questions about sexual violence and university policies against sexual violence.
In the policy itself and in materials and presentations promoting the policy, define "confidential" and "anonymous," and explain how these concepts pertain to the policy, university-based sexual assault services, and the limits on confidentiality and anonymity.