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IMPORTANT INFORMATION DURING CAMPUS CLOSURE:

While the CSS campus has moved to an online format, please take the following steps to receive GEVA services, including advocacy and referrals.

  • Email geva@css.edu  to contact a GEVA. A member of the GEVA team will reach out to contact you and set up an appointment via phone or zoom. Please note there will be no face-to-face GEVA meetings at this time
  • If you need immediate support, please contact PAVSA at 218-726-1931, RAINN at hotline.rainn.org for an online chat option, or The National Domestic Violence Hotline at thehotline.org or 1-800-799-7233
  • If you are in need of support during a Title IX process, please contact geva@css.edu

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 Police Department at 9-1-1. Calling 9-1-1 from a CSS campus phone will also engage Campus Safety.

The following are options and steps a victim/survivor of violence may choose to take. There are resources on and off-campus that can help you understand the various 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.
  • Consider connecting with a local advocacy agency or on-campus support person, such as a GEVA.
  • Take care of your medical needs. 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.

For evidence collection, best practices include:

  • Do not shower or douche. Avoid 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 assault 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, or both. 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 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.
  • Consider and attend to any medical needs.
  • 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 the 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 instincts.
  • 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 damage if able.
  • Think about how to keep yourself safe. GEVAs have safety planning resources
  • Consider making a report with the Duluth Police Department or a formal campus complaint.
  • 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 comfortable with for support.

Reporting Options:

Equal Opportunity and NonDiscrimination Online Report Form (Title IX)
Online Title IX Report

In person or by phone/zoom with Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator

Contact Us:

Michelle Ruszat Klee
Violence Intervention and Prevention Coordinator
GEVA Member
Tower 2128
(218) 733-2227
mruszatklee@css.edu
geva@css.edu