Northwest College

Policies and Procedures

Sexual Misconduct Policy

What Should You Do?

What should you do if you are a victim of sexual assault?

Refer to the Reporting Sexual Assault section of the handbook. This section offers and explains different options for reporting a sexual assault. 

What if someone you know is sexually violated?

If someone tells you that she or he had been sexually assaulted or raped, it is sometimes hard to know how to respond in a supportive, genuine, and non-judgmental way.

Research shows that the first response survivors receive when they disclose an assault is critical to their healing. Your response can have a lasting impact on their recovery.


  • be supportive
  • share your feelings
  • listen
  • communicate that your friend isn’t responsible for the violation
  • make sure he or she has a safe place to stay
  • realize that you, too, have been affected and seek counseling if necessary
  • allow your friend to regain control by making his or her own decisions
  • make yourself available to accompany your friend to the hospital or a counseling center


  • attempt to seek revenge
  • make jokes
  • be angry with your friend
  • force your friend to talk
  • ask your friend how he or she could have “let this happen”
  • assume you can understand how your friend feels
  • take control
  • discuss the incident with others unless you have permission from the victim

For more information about how to support a survivor and for information about the effects of sexual violence, see the NWC Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Support, Healing, and Advocacy section.