Find Support

There are a variety of resources on and off campus that can support you, a friend, a peer, or a loved one who has experienced sexual or gender based violence. 

If you are in immediate danger, please call the Duluth Police Department 9-11. Calling 9-11 from an CSS campus phone will also engage Campus Security.

The following are options and steps a victim/survivor of violence may choose to take. There are resources on and off campus who can help you in making these choices.  Please know that if you have experienced violence in any form, know that it is NOT your fault and you are NOT alone. Resources and support are available to you.

Sexual Assault

If you have been sexually assaulted:

  • Go someplace safe.
  • Tell a person who will support and believe you.
  • Have your medical needs attended to. This may be done by going to either Emergency Rooms locally in Duluth for a SANE exam. This exam is most successful up to 120 hours after an assault but may also be performed longer after to ensure medical needs are met. If the assault/violence has occurred some time ago, it is still important to have your medical needs met even though it may not be a SANE exam.
  • Do not shower or dource. Aboid brushing teeth, drinking, or using the bathroom.
  • Save the clothes you were wearing at the time of the incident in a paper bag.
  • Save any physical evidence (sheets, blankets, objects) in a paper bag.
  • Take pictures of the scene of assult if possible.
  • Save any text messages, voicemails, emails, or letters that may help to describe the incident; pre, post, and during.
  • Consider whether you'd like to make a police report. The GEVA Team or an advocate can provide you support and aid in making a report. 
  • Consider whether you'd like to make a formal report for investigation on campus. It is your choice whether you'd like to pursue an on or off campus investigation. On and off campus investigations are separate affairs, but both are available to you. 
  • Consider utilizing an advocate, counselor, support group or any other services/programs you are comfortable with for follow up support.

Domestic, Dating, and Intimate Partner Violence

If you are are in an abusive or violent relationship:

  • Try to go somewhere safe. 
  • Tell a person who will support and believe you: advocates at Safehaven Shelter for Battered Women, Dabinoo' Igan or other domestic violence shelters and crisis lines; CSS Counseling staff; a friend or family member.
  • Have your medical needs attended to.
  • Think about how you can keep yourself safe. GEVAs have safety planning resources. Additionally there are legal advocates and shelters which can provide safe space for victim/survivors of domestic violence. 
  • Consider whether you'd like to file a police report. If you want to report your experience to the police, now or in the future, it would be helpful to have documentation and examples of the types of abuse.
  • Save any physical evidence in a paper bag.
  • Take pictures of the scene of incident(s) if possible.
  • Save any text messages, voicemails, emails, or letters that may help to describe the incident(s): pre, post, and during.
  • It would be helpful to have documentation and examples of the types of abuse.
  • Consider whether you'd like to file a formal campus complaint. The GEVA Team can assist you in understanding your reporting options and resources. 
  • Consider utilizing an advocate, counselor, support group or other services/programs you are comfortable with for continued support.

Stalking

If you have experienced stalking:

  • Trust your insticts.
  • Take threats seriously.
  • Get somewhere safe.
  • Tell someone you trust and who will support you.
  • Keep a written log of behavior (like an incident log) that is alarming or harassing in nature. Document everything!
  • Save texts, emails, messages, letters, and/or gifts.
  • Take photos of any damange if able.
  • Think about how to keep yourself safe. GEVAs have safety planny resources
  • Consider making a report with the Duluth Police Department or a formal campus compaint.
  • Consider utilizing an advocate, counselor, support group, or any other service/programs you are comfortable with for support.

Sexual Harassment

If you have experienced sexual harassment:

  • Trust your instincts.
  • Take threats seriously.
  • Go somewhere safe.
  • Consider making a report with the Duluth Police Department or a formal campus complaint.
  • Tell someone you trust and who will support you.
  • Consider utilizing an advocate, counselor, support group or any other service/programs you are confortable with for support.