Sexual assault resources
Confidential Flagstaff resources Accordion Closed
- Victim Witness Services is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, victim assistance, witness advocacy, crime prevention education, and victim compensation to assist in alleviating the emotional, physical, and financial needs of victims. Call them at 928-679-7770. After hours, call Flagstaff PD at (928) 774-1414 to request that an advocate be paged
- Northland Family Help Center is committed to providing safe shelter, counseling, advocacy, community education, and referral for individuals and families affected by violence and abuse. Call their 24/hr crisis line at 928-527-1900
- NACASA is a rape crisis center available 24 hours to provide medical forensic examinations to victims of sexual assault. Call to have them paged at 928-527-1900 or 877-634-2723
- Peaks Counseling provides anger management counseling for potential and past perpetrators of abuse. Call them at 928-226-8111
Northern Arizona University resources Accordion Closed
- Counseling Services provides confidential counseling to all Northern Arizona University students by trained psychologists, counselors, social workers, counseling and psychology interns, and graduate assistants.
- Associated Students for Women’s Issues provides funding for the NAU SAFE program as part of their commitment to work towards gender, racial, and ethnic equality. They also offer free condoms and emergency contraceptives.
- NAU Safe Ride is a free transportation system that runs Thursday and Saturday nights from downtown Flagstaff to campus and nearby apartment complexes.
- NAU Safe Walk offers police officers and campus safety aides to accompany you to desired locations on campus. Call 928-523-3611.
- The Equity and Access Office/Title IX Coordinator are responsible for investigating complaints under the Safe Working and Learning Environment Policy, which outlines the university’s policy regarding prohibited discrimination, harassment, and other inappropriate behaviors. Students can submit an online complaint form if they feel they are experiencing discrimination or harassment. Students can also submit an anonymous sexual assault reporting form online.
- Employee Assistance and Wellness assists employees and their families with personal and professional challenges, and helps enhance overall health and wellness.
- Victim Witness Services satellite office is located in the Health Promotion office in the Health and Learning Center. Call 928-523-2225 for more information.
Online resources Accordion Closed
- Arizona Sexual Assault Network is a collective voice that reduces the threat and mitigates the effects of sexual assault in our state to achieve a society free from sexual violence.
- Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence provides information on dating violence and legal advocacy, and serves as a voice representing the needs of domestic violence service providers and the victims they serve.
- Arizona Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program links to sexual assault state coalitions as well as to a variety of sexual assault organizations, networks, and projects. You can also obtain information on services for survivors of sexual violence and their family and friends in Arizona and across the United States
- The “Not Alone” website is a government resource for students, schools, and advocates on information for responding and preventing sexual assaults on college campuses.
- The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
- Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center
- Students Active for Ending Rape
Apps to keep you safe
- One Love DA: Use this app to assess whether a person is in danger of domestic violence. It can also be used by a victim in a potentially dangerous relationship to assess their risk and get help.
- Circle of 6: With the touch of a button, a person can connect to their closest friends and family with an automated message to alert those in their circle when they are in danger. This app also has the capability of programming local resources’ contact information in the event of a crisis. For more information, or to download this app visit the Circle of 6 app website.
- uSafeUs: Going out? Use this app to help keep you and your friends safe. Get tips for talking with a friend who has experienced sexual assault.
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5 Ways You Can Be an Active Bystander
- Intervene if someone is getting ready to have sex with a partner who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Intervene when you see red flags might indicate a sexual assault is about to happen. If someone says, “Now they can’t say no”, about having sex with someone, distract the person, get the victim out of the situation, and call the police if needed.
- Speak up when you hear others joke about rape. Comments such as “That test raped me” are inappropriate and can trivialize rape.
- Confront rapists and report incidences to the police. Many perpetrators are unaware that what they have done is a crime. Let them know that what they did was not right and it was against the law.
- Attend a “Take a Stand!” bystander training to learn the skills needed to prevent sexual assault on our campus.
- Approach gender violence as a men’s issue involving men of all ages and socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds.
- If a brother, friend, classmate, or teammate is abusing his female partner — or is disrespectful or abusive to girls and women in general — don’t look the other way.
- Have the courage to look inward and question your own attitudes.
- If you suspect that a woman close to you is being abused or has been sexually assaulted, gently ask if you can help.
- If you are emotionally, psychologically, physically, or sexually abusive to women, or have been in the past, seek professional help now.
- Be an ally to women who are working to end all forms of gender violence.
- Recognize and speak out against homophobia and gay-bashing.
- Attend programs, take courses, watch films, and read articles and books about multicultural masculinities, gender inequality, and the root causes of gender violence.
- Refuse to purchase magazine, rent videos, subscribe to websites, or buy music that portrays girls or women in a sexually degrading or abusive manner.
- Mentor and teach young boys about how to be men in ways that don’t involve degrading or abusing women.
Helping a survivor of sexual assault Accordion Closed
Follow these tips to help a survivor of sexual assault:
- Talk, listen, respect, and be emotionally available to the survivor.
- Accept what the survivor tells you.
- Accept the fact that the assault/abuse happened.
- Understand that it is not the survivor’s fault.
- Listen without judgment. Suggest options and actions (medical, psychological and other assistance), but let the survivor decide what action to take.
- Let the survivor talk about the incident, but don’t force a discussion.
- Respect and understand that temporarily the survivor may become distant from loved ones.
- Assure the survivor that you will be available to provide support throughout the process of recovery.
- Give the survivor time to heal. Be patient and understand that the healing process takes time.
- Take the initiative to maintain communications with the survivor.
- Moderate your natural tendencies to become overprotective.
- The survivor may need to seek medical attention immediately. You can help by encouraging and accompanying the survivor to obtain medical attention. If the survivor wishes to seek criminal action, this should be done as soon as possible after the incident.
If your partner was sexually assaulted:
- Ask for permission before touching or holding the survivor.
- Do not rush sexual contact. The survivor needs to decide when it is right to have sexual contact, and to pace the intensity of involvement.
- Accept the fact that the survivor’s renewal of sexual interest may occur at a slow pace.
- Discuss the subject of sex in a non-sexual environment (i.e., not in bed).
If you are helping a survivor, you make experience certain feelings:
- Impatience: The survivor’s dependence on you may feel overwhelming. Recovery can be a long, slow process that may take years. You may fear that the survivor will never be the same again.
- Guilt: You may feel guilty that you did not prevent the assault/abuse. It is neither your fault, nor the survivor’s fault. The perpetrator committed the crime – not you.
- Fear: Your closeness to the survivor’s experience may underline the vulnerability to violence that we are all subject to. You may feel vulnerable because you realize that it could happen to you.
- If you are a man, you may be afraid you will be associated with the perpetrator.
- If you are a sexual partner, you may be afraid to have sex with the survivor.
- It is important to realize that your feelings are natural. Accept your feelings and try to understand and to get help for yourself.
How to help yourself:
- Talk with people you can trust. You also need support from others.
- If you are male and the survivor is female, do not take personally any hatred she feels toward men. Her anger with the perpetrator may generalize into temporary anger toward all men.
- Talk to a counselor or call a rape crisis hotline. It is hard to witness someone in emotional pain. Take care of yourself as you help the survivor.
- Educate yourself about rape and rape prevention.
- Moderate your stress levels through activities with other friends and/or through “alone time”.
- Do not expect to be able to make the survivor feel better all of the time.
- Do not blame yourself. The only person who is at fault is the person who committed the crime.