III. Steps to Take Immediately Following Sexual or Relationship Misconduct

III. Steps to Take Immediately Following Sexual or Relationship Misconduct

A.  If Sexual or Relationship Misconduct occurs, many survivors do not know where to turn for help or what steps to take after the conduct occurs. Although the choices about which options to explore rest solely with the survivor, Central College encourages survivors to take the following steps:

1. Get to a safe place as soon as possible.

2.  Contact the local law enforcement (911). If Sexual or Relationship Misconduct occurs on campus, Student Safety should also be notified by calling 641-628-9000, or by activating any of the emergency telephones located around campus.

 3.  Seek immediate medical attention. Survivors of Sexual and Relationship Misconduct are strongly encouraged to seek immediate medical attention at an area hospital or medical clinic. If the survivor wishes, a survivor advocate from Crisis Intervention Services (641-673-5499 or 1-800-270-1620) can accompany the survivor to the hospital and College Security or other College personnel can provide transportation (641-628-9000).

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (a specially trained nurse) at the Pella Regional Health Center Emergency Room is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (call Crisis Intervention Services at 1-800-270-1620 or go directly to the Emergency Room at 405 Monroe, Pella). Other clinical options include:

Pella Medical Center – Emergency/Urgent Care
405 Monroe
Pella, IA 50219
641-621-2200 (24/7Nurseline)
(Male and female physicians available)

Pella Regional Health Center Medical Clinic
404 Jefferson
Pella, IA 50219

641-621-2200 (24/7Nurseline)

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
1000 E. Army Post Road       and           615 N 2nd Ave W
Des Moines, IA 50315                             Newton, IA 50208
877-811-7526                                          877-811-7526

Please be aware that hospital personnel are obligated to contact proper authorities regarding the assault. Although you are not obligated to do so, survivors of sexual and relationship misconduct are highly encouraged to take advantage of victim’s services to help you understand your options for off-campus proceedings and to receive counseling specific to your needs.

4. Preserve Evidence. In the event of a sexual assault, if at all possible, do not change clothes, shower, bathe, douche, defecate, or urinate. Emergency room personnel are trained to check for injuries, as well as collect physical evidence. It is important to preserve evidence for the proof of a violation of this Policy or of a crime should you decide to pursue charges through law enforcement. Costs for providing and administering the rape kit are incurred by the Iowa Department of Public Health. The hospital staff will collect information, check for injuries, and address the possibility of exposure to sexually transmitted infections. If you have changed clothing since the assault, bring the clothing you had on at the time of the assault with you to the hospital in a clean, sanitary container such as a clean paper grocery bag or wrapped in a clean sheet (plastic containers do not breathe, and may render information useless). If you have not changed clothes, bring a change of clothes with you to the hospital, if possible, as they will likely keep the clothes you are wearing as evidence. You can take a support person with you to the hospital, and they can accompany you through the exam, if you want. Do not disturb the crime scene-leave all sheets, towels, etc. that may bear information for the police to collect.

5.  Remember: you are not alone. Talking with someone who understands can help you sort out the emotional aftermath of sexual or relationship misconduct.  Because the reactions to these offenses are complex and often confusing, it is important to remember that your feelings are normal and you are not alone. Central College counselors provide free counseling for survivors of sexual or relationship misconduct. Additional confidential resources in the area are also available to you.  Male and female counselors are available.

Central College Counseling Services
Maytag 231

Crisis Intervention Services
500 High Ave. W, Oskaloosa
1-800-270-1620 or 641-673-5499 (24 hr. crisis hotline)

Pella Community Center
712 Union St.
Pella, IA

Capstone – Newton
306 N. 3rd Ave. E

Capstone – Knoxville
1214 W. Jackson,
Suite 201

Polk County Victim Services
1915 Hickman, Des Moines
515-286-3535 or 515-286-3600

Pella Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services    
2611 Washington, Pella

Family Life Counseling
611 Main, Pella

Supporting a survivor of Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct is a primary consideration as are explaining options and protecting individual rights. Every report of Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct will be taken seriously and action will be taken as appropriate. The College will do everything reasonably possible to provide a climate that is sensitive to and respectful and supportive of individual needs. The survivor will have access to existing campus counseling and support services and, when appropriate, adjustments will be made to housing assignments, academic/work schedules, etc.