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Information and Resources for the Target of Sexual AssaultThere are many options and resources as well as information available both on campus and in the Santa Cruz community to provide response, medical services, counseling, and support services to victims of sexual assault. Following is a listing of the most important resources. Appendix F lists the current telephone numbers of these resources as well as others.
If the University Police are contacted, an officer trained in sexual assault cases will be dispatched to the scene, and will explain police and medical procedures to the complainant. If the police transport the complainant to Dominican Hospital, which is equipped to perform medical examinations for legal purposes, then an advocate and a specially trained nurse/examiner who are members of the Santa Cruz Sexual Assault Response Team (S.A.R.T.) will be dispatched to the hospital to be available to the complainant. A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.) must conduct a medical examination as soon as possible to maximize the collection of evidence for criminal prosecution. It is important to note that S.A.R.T. and S.A.N.E. involvement is only possible when a police report is filed.
The police will interview the accused and witnesses and collect evidence. At the conclusion of the police investigation, if warranted, the accused may be arrested, or the case may be forwarded to the District Attorney for consideration of prosecution. The services of the Victim/Witness Program will be available to the complainant if s/he decides to file a police report. Such services include counseling, court escort and advocacy, and assistance with financial compensation.
It is important to remember that "reporting" a rape is not the same thing as prosecution through the criminal justice system. If the complainant files a report and then later refuses to prosecute through the criminal justice system or cooperate in a police investigation, there is little that the police or courts will be able to do. On the other hand, if the complainant initially decides that s/he does not want to file a police report and then, a month later, wants to prosecute through the criminal justice system, s/he has lost the opportunity for best evidence, not only in terms of immediate police investigative interviews, but also the collection of physical evidence. For these reasons, the University strongly encourages victims of sexual assault to call the police as soon as possible.
IX/Sexual Harassment Officer (Title IX/SHO):
and Residential Facilities:
Other Campus Resources Include:
The Higher Education Amendments of 1992, enacted on July 23, 1992, require universities and colleges to prevent, report, and investigate sex offenses that occur on campus. The University of California, Santa Cruz, encourages all victims of sexual assault to report offenses as soon as possible after their occurrence, in accordance with the following procedures, in order for appropriate and timely action to be taken.
A. General Statement of Options
Persons experiencing a sexual assault may exercise the following options:
University strongly encourages victims of sexual assault to call the
police as soon as possible.
Contact Rita Walker , Title IX Officer: 105 Kerr Hall . email: firstname.lastname@example.org . phone 831.459.2462 * 831.459.4825