Sexual assault resources
Report an incident Accordion Closed
Northern Arizona University resources Accordion Closed
- Counseling Services provides confidential counseling to all Northern Arizona University students by trained psychologists, counselors, social workers, counseling and psychology interns, and graduate assistants.
- NAU Safe Walk offers police officers and campus safety aides to accompany you to desired locations on campus. Call 928-523-3611.
- The Equity and Access Office/Title IX Coordinator are responsible for investigating complaints under the Safe Working and Learning Environment Policy, which outlines the university’s policy regarding prohibited discrimination, harassment, and other inappropriate behaviors. Students can submit an online complaint form if they feel they are experiencing discrimination or harassment. Students can also submit an anonymous sexual assault reporting form online.
Flagstaff community resources Accordion Closed
- Victim Witness Services is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, victim assistance, witness advocacy, crime prevention education, and victim compensation to assist in alleviating the emotional, physical, and financial needs of victims. Call them at 928-856-7676. After hours, call Flagstaff PD at (928) 774-1414 to request that an advocate be paged
- Northland Family Help Center is committed to providing safe shelter, counseling, advocacy, community education, and referral for individuals and families affected by violence and abuse. Call their 24/hr crisis line at 928-527-1900
- NACASA is a rape crisis center available 24 hours to provide medical forensic examinations to victims of sexual assault. Call to have them paged at 928-527-1900 or 877-634-2723
- Flagstaff Medical Center (Use only with other injuries): Emergency Department (1200 N. Beaver Street, Flagstaff, AZ 86001); Phone: 928-773-2113
Online resources Accordion Closed
- Arizona Sexual Assault Network is a collective voice that reduces the threat and mitigates the effects of sexual assault in our state to achieve a society free from sexual violence.
- Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence provides information on dating violence and legal advocacy, and serves as a voice representing the needs of domestic violence service providers and the victims they serve.
- Arizona Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program links to sexual assault state coalitions as well as to a variety of sexual assault organizations, networks, and projects. You can also obtain information on services for survivors of sexual violence and their family and friends in Arizona and across the United States
- The “Not Alone” website is a government resource for students, schools, and advocates on information for responding and preventing sexual assaults on college campuses.
- The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
- Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center
- Students Active for Ending Rape
Apps to keep you safe Accordion Closed
- One Love DA: Use this app to assess whether a person is in danger of domestic violence. It can also be used by a victim in a potentially dangerous relationship to assess their risk and get help.
- Circle of 6: With the touch of a button, a person can connect to their closest friends and family with an automated message to alert those in their circle when they are in danger. This app also has the capability of programming local resources’ contact information in the event of a crisis. For more information, or to download this app visit the Circle of 6 app website.
- uSafeUs: Going out? Use this app to help keep you and your friends safe. Get tips for talking with a friend who has experienced sexual assault.
- Kitestring: This text service will “check in” on you and notify friends if you don’t respond (text-based; no download necessary).
- myPlan: Create a safety plan for yourself or a friend who is in an abusive relationship.
- Tech Safety: Identify technology-facilitated harrassment, stalking, or abuse.
- bSafe: Activate the SOS button to alert your friends and the app will video/audio record what is going on form your phone.
- Seek Then Speak: Get help for yourself, or someone you know, after sexual assault.
10 things men can do to prevent sexual violence Accordion Closed
- Approach gender violence as a men’s issue involving men of all ages and socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds.
- If a brother, friend, classmate, or teammate is abusing his female partner — or is disrespectful or abusive to girls and women in general — don’t look the other way.
- Have the courage to look inward and question your own attitudes.
- If you suspect that a woman close to you is being abused or has been sexually assaulted, gently ask if you can help.
- If you are emotionally, psychologically, physically, or sexually abusive to women, or have been in the past, seek professional help now.
- Be an ally to women who are working to end all forms of gender violence.
- Recognize and speak out against homophobia and gay-bashing.
- Attend programs, take courses, watch films, and read articles and books about multicultural masculinities, gender inequality, and the root causes of gender violence.
- Refuse to purchase magazine, rent videos, subscribe to websites, or buy music that portrays girls or women in a sexually degrading or abusive manner.
- Mentor and teach young boys about how to be men in ways that don’t involve degrading or abusing women.
Helping a survivor of sexual assault Accordion Closed
Follow these tips to help a survivor of sexual assault:
- Believe what the survivor tells you.
- Understand that it is not the survivor’s fault.
- Listen without judgment. Suggest options and actions (medical, psychological and other assistance), but let the survivor decide what action to take.
- Let the survivor talk about the incident, but don’t force a discussion.
- Respect and understand that temporarily the survivor may become distant from loved ones.
- Give the survivor time to heal. Be patient and understand that the healing process takes time.
- The survivor may need to seek medical attention immediately. You can help by encouraging and accompanying the survivor to obtain medical attention. If the survivor wishes to seek criminal action, this should be done as soon as possible after the incident.
If your partner was sexually assaulted:
- Ask for permission before touching or holding the survivor.
- Do not rush sexual contact. The survivor needs to decide when it is right to have sexual contact, and to pace the intensity of involvement.
- Accept the fact that the survivor’s renewal of sexual interest may occur at a slow pace.
- Discuss the subject of sex in a non-sexual environment (i.e., not in bed).
How to take care of yourself:
- If you are male and the survivor is female, do not take personally any hatred she feels toward men. Her anger with the perpetrator may generalize into temporary anger toward all men.
- Talk to a counselor or call a rape crisis hotline. It is hard to witness someone in emotional pain. Take care of yourself as you help the survivor.
- Educate yourself about rape and rape prevention.
- Moderate your stress levels through activities with other friends and/or through “alone time”.
- Do not expect to be able to make the survivor feel better all of the time.
- Do not blame yourself. The only person who is at fault is the person who committed the crime.