Statement of Policy Regarding Prevention of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Sexual Assault or Stalking

Goshen College has instituted programs to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. These educational programs may include but are not limited to:

  •  Campus-wide convocations including education about bystander intervention
  • Class discussion on dating violence and stalking in Core 100 or Core104
  • Guided discussion on campus resources at late-night residence floor meetings
  • Commuter Club meeting on reporting domestic and dating violence
  • Reminders of GC policy on prevention of domestic violence at all-employee meeting with follow-up email outlining employee resources for reporting.

Introduction and Definitions

Domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking are acts of aggression and a profoundly serious violation of person and community. Legally these are crimes; morally these are sin. Domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking will be dealt with as a serious violation of campus standards.

Sexual assault (or sexual battery) is the touching of another person with intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of oneself or someone else, when the person being touched is: (1) compelled to submit to the touching by force or the imminent threat of force; or (2) So mentally disabled or deficient that consent to the touching cannot be given.

Domestic violence includes violence committed by the victim’s current or former spouse, or current or former cohabitant. Domestic Violence is defined in Indiana Code as conduct that is an element of an offense under IC 35-42 (criminal offenses against the person) or a threat to commit an act described in IC 35-42 by a person against a person who: (1) is or was a spouse of; (2) is or was living as if a spouse of; (3) has a child in common with; (4) is a minor subject to the control of; the other person regardless of whether the act or threat has been reported to a law enforcement agency or results in a criminal prosecution.

Dating violence means violence by a person who has been in a romantic or intimate relationship with the victim. Whether there was such a relationship is gauged by its length, type, and frequency of interaction.

Stalking means a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, or threatened and that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, or threatened.

If You are Sexually Assaulted…

If you are sexually assaulted, experience dating violence, domestic violence, date or acquaintance rape, or are the victim of stalking, an advocate is available 24 hours a day. If you or anyone you know experiences of any of these get help immediately; there are many community resources designed to help you. Remember: you are not alone. It is not your fault.

Help is available.

This is what you should do:

I.   Get help as soon as possible

 A.  Goshen College Resources:

1.On-Call Resident Director 574-535-6273 (OCRD)

2.Call Security 574-535-7599

3.Campus Counselor:

574-535-7474, during office hours

 574-535-6273, evenings and weekend via OCRD (535-6273)

4.Any faculty you trust

B.  Off Campus Resources:

1.Police 911

2.Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital 574-533-2141

3.Rape Counseling Hotline 574-289-4357 (through Rape Crisis Center in South Bend)

 II. Get medical care as soon as possible.

  It is important NOT to bathe, shower or change clothing after a sexual assault.

  1.  Go to Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital Emergency Department. Ask an advocate or trusted friend to go with you. Financial assistance is available either from the State of Indiana or Goshen College. To receive the financial assistance from the state, you must have the rape examination (done in the Emergency Department), report the rape within 48 hours, and give the name of the offender (if you know it) to the police.
  2. Be sure to obtain the appropriate follow up care at Goshen Family Physicians as directed by the Emergency Department.

 III.       Self-care in difficult times: Sexual assault, and specifically date and acquaintance rape is a violation of Community Standards.  Advocates are available to you; Counseling Staff or Goshen Family Physicians can discuss legal and campus options available to survivors of sexual assault, preferably as soon as possible, but always when you are comfortable doing so.

 If you are sexually assaulted, experience dating violence, domestic violence, date or acquaintance rape, or are the victim of stalking, you have the following specific rights under the law and the policies of Goshen College:

  •  to notify proper law enforcement authorities, including on-campus and local police;
  • to seek an order of protection, no contact order, restraining order, or similar lawful order issued by a criminal or civil court or enforce an order already in existence; Goshen College will make available to you a victims’ rights advocate to assist in reporting an incident and in locating and utilizing Elkhart County victim services;
  • to an explanation of Goshen College’s process to file a complaint with the Sexual Misconduct Response Team;
  • to know options available to you as appropriate for safety planning (including a change in residence hall, class schedule, or travel).  We will also connect you with individuals at Goshen College and in the local community who can assist in safety planning, and;
  • to available resources, including medical care, counseling or other mental health services, and spiritual guidance and support.

Goshen College staff will assist you in connecting with local police and/or the prosecutor’s office to enforce any order of protection, no contact order, restraining order, or similar lawful order issued by any criminal or civil court, if the victim informs Goshen College of an existing order.

Goshen College will endeavor to protect the confidentiality of victims. Publicly available record keeping will be done without the inclusion of identifying information about the victim, to the extent permissible by law.

These conversations will be held in strict confidence.