Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
Sexual assault is an act of violence. The complainant of an assault may be in a state of shock and disbelief, and may be feeling a variety or emotions such as fear, anger, helplessness, shame, and/or guilt. A assaulted student may not know who to trust or where to turn for help. The student who has been sexually assaulted has many options in seeking assistance. A number of resources are available both on and off campus to assist assault victims. Although it is the student's option whether to seek legal, medical, and/or psychological services, students are encouraged to utilize these resources in order to make the most informed choices regarding prosecution, physical safety, and emotional recovery.
If you are the complainant of a sexual assault, please know that you are in no way to blame for the criminal behavior. Here are some guidelines to help you in the aftermath of a sexual assault:
Reporting an assault and receiving medical treatment does not require that the victim press charges. It does, however, allow the collection of data and information that can be used should the victim choose to press charges.
If you NEED ASSISTANCE OR ADVOCACY, contact your Residence Life Staff, the Office of Judicial Affairs (745-5429), The Counseling and Testing Center (745-3159), or Hope Harbor (846-1100) and the WKU Title IX Coordinator for accompaniment to medical and/or legal proceedings and/or referral for other support services.
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