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Your Options

If you have been sexually assaulted:

Contact campus police. Are you in a safe place? If you’re not feeling safe, consider reaching out to police for support. You don’t have to go through this alone and they are a great first step to getting you support. To report the incident to the Columbus State Police (located on the ground floor of Delaware Hall) you can call (614)287-2525. If you are at the Delaware Campus, at a regional learning center, or off campus, dial 911.

Go to a local hospital emergency room. If the assault has happened within the last 96 hours, it is an option to request an exam that would allow for the collection of forensic evidence. If possible, it’s best to avoid showering, bathing, or brushing your teeth before arrival. Bring a change of clothing if you are able, as clothing worn during the assault may be collected as evidence. Having evidence collected at the hospital provides more options later for pressing charges.

Know your reporting options. The college has a separate reporting process from the city, though we work closely to make navigating both processes as easy as possible. As someone affiliated with a college campus, there will be some steps we must take to ensure your safety and the safety of others. One of these steps is reporting the assault to the Columbus State Title IX coordinator. An advocate can talk with you more about what that entails and what choices you have in that process.

If you do go to the hospital, a report to local law enforcement will also be made. If you go to the hospital emergency room, a report to local law enforcement will be made, and you will be given the option to talk directly with a police officer, to give your name, and to have an investigation started. If evidence is collected though a sexual assault forensic exam at the hospital, individuals have up to 30 years to opt to press charges (25 years without an exam).

Connect with support. Support comes in many forms, and knowing who can provide it can make the process to recovery easier. The victim advocates on campus are here to help you with support in any way wanted. We know that support can also come from friends, family, loved ones, and other hotlines. Columbus State victim advocates can be reached by:

  • Calling the advocate hotline at (614) 287-5979
  • Contacting Columbus State Police and requesting a victim advocate
  • Emailing victimadvocacy@cscc.edu
  • Logging onto Starfish/FOCUS to schedule an appointment

If you are being stalked:

Contact campus police. The Police Department is a great first step to getting support for yourself. To report any incidents to the Columbus State Police (located on the ground floor of Delaware Hall) call (614)287-2525. If you are at the Delaware Campus, at a regional learning center, or off campus, dial 911.

The Columbus State Police can also provide safety in the form of on-campus escorts. They also provide RAVE Guardian Services (http://www.cscc.edu/services/rave/) to all Columbus State community members.

Connect with support. Support comes in many forms, and knowing who can provide it can make the process to recovery easier. The victim advocates on campus are here to help you with support in any way wanted. We know that support can also come from friends, family, loved ones, and other hotlines. Columbus State victim advocates can be reached by:

  • Calling the advocate hotline at (614) 287-5979
  • Contacting Columbus State Police and requesting a victim advocate
  • Emailing victimadvocacy@cscc.edu
  • Logging onto Starfish/FOCUS to schedule an appointment

Engage in safety planning. Trust your gut. It is not your fault if you are feeling unsafe and victim advocates can share are some tips and resources designed to help you feel more in control of your safety.

Help to document your experience. This is not necessary but it can be helpful if at any point you choose to engage in criminal or civil justice. “Documenting” is the act of keeping a log of any incident of unwanted contact that you experience. Advocates on campus can help you create and manage this. You can also find a sample log here.

If you feel unsafe

Contact campus police. The Police Department is a great first step to getting support for yourself. To report any incidents to the Columbus State Police (located on the ground floor of Delaware Hall) call (614)287-2525. If you are at the Delaware Campus, at a regional learning center, or off campus, dial 911.

The Columbus State Police can also provide safety in the form of on-campus escorts. They also provide RAVE Guardian Services (http://www.cscc.edu/services/rave/) to all Columbus State community members.

Trust your instinct. If you are feeling unsafe, trust that you feel that way for a reason and take action.

If you are experiencing any kind of abuse - emotional, physical, or verbal

Contact campus police. The Police Department is a great first step to getting support for yourself. To report any incidents to the Columbus State Police (located on the ground floor of Delaware Hall) call (614)287-2525. If you are at the Delaware Campus, at a regional learning center, or off campus, dial 911.

Connect with support. Support comes in many forms, and knowing who can provide it can make the process to recovery easier. The victim advocates on campus are here to help you with support in any way wanted. We know that support can also come from friends, family, loved ones, and other hotlines. Columbus State victim advocates can be reached by:

  • Calling the advocate hotline at (614) 287-5979
  • Contacting Columbus State Police and requesting a victim advocate
  • Emailing victimadvocacy@cscc.edu
  • Logging onto Starfish/FOCUS to schedule an appointment

Know your resources.

If you are witnessing or experiencing any emergency, Call 911. The Police Department can be contacted from any campus telephone by dialing Ext. 2525, or from any public or off-campus telephone by dialing (614) 287-2525.