Help is Available

If sexual or interpersonal misconduct happens to you or to someone you know, a first priority should be self-care. Here, we have offered resources to help you or someone you know with that self-care and finding the available support and resources.

Helping Yourself

Helping Someone Else

Each survivor reacts to sexual and interpersonal misconduct in their own unique way. Past experiences, culture, and context of the survivor’s life may affect these reactions. Some express their emotions while others prefer to keep their feelings inside. Some may tell others right away what happened, others may wait weeks, months, or even years before discussing the assault, if they ever choose to do so. It is important to respect each person’s choices and style of coping with this traumatic event.

Emotional reactions may include

Guilt, shame, self-blame

Vulnerability

Numbness

Embarrassment

Isolation

Confusion

Fear, distrust

Lack of control

Shock

Sadness

Anger

Disbelief

Psychological reactions may include

Nightmares

Anxiety

Low self esteem

Flashbacks

Eating disorders

Post-Traumatic Stress

Depression

Substance use or abuse

Disorder

Difficulty concentrating

Phobias

 Panic attacks

Physical reactions may include

Changes in eating or sleeping

Physical injury

Concerns about pregnancy or contracting an STI or HIV

Concerns over physical safety

 

 

Impact on significant others

Sexual and interpersonal violence can affect parents, friends, roommates, partners, children, spouses, and/or coworkers of the survivor. As they try to make sense of what happened, significant others may experience similar reactions and feelings to those of the survivor. Fear, guilt, self-blame, and anger are but a few reactions they may experience. In order to best support the survivor, it is important for those close to them to get support. Local social services providers offer free confidential services to those affected by sexual violence.

*Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault

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Report to Title IX
Contact Drake Public Safety
Confidential Resources

Quick contacts to reach a confidential advocate

  • VIP peer-student advocacy
    515-512-2972 (call or text)
  • Polk County Crisis and Advocacy
    515-286-3600
  • Cowles Library 109 during the academic year
        - Tuesdays 2:30-4:30
        - Thursdays 9:00-11:00
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