What happens to the victim after the initial report?
Even the question of what happens to the victim after the initial report is relevant. And, you know, the importance of confidentiality and making sure that everyone’s being treated, you know, fairly. Those are all very important questions, especially for African Nova Scotians.
Emphasize the victim's right to decide whether they would like to report the incident after they have disclosed it to the university. Ensure the victim is aware of the formal and informal routes for reporting, including the option of reporting to the police. Clearly communicate any limits to confidentiality.
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.
Provide detail and clarity about what happens, and who helps the students involved, at every stage of the process following a disclosure or report.