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Helping Others

Do you suspect that a friend/family/faculty/staff member is a victim of sexual misconduct? Talking about it can be difficult but you can be supportive by following these tips.

  • Listen carefully, without judgment.
  • Do not blame. Believe the victim and make it clear the fault lies with the abuser/perpetrator.
  • If needed offer a safe place to stay.


  • Let the victim make decisions about next steps. All control has been stripped from the victim during the assault. Allow them to makes decisions about what steps to take next.
  • Assist in getting the treatment/services they need if they agree.
  • Remain calm. You might feel shock or rage, but expressing these emotions to the victim may cause them more trauma.
  • Encourage medical attention and counseling.
  • Refer them to resources and reporting information available on Spelman’s Title IX page of the website.

It is also important to seek help yourself if needed to help keep things in perspective and give yourself time to process so you can have strength to continue to help.

Tips for Employees

Affirm: Whether you are responsible or confidential employee, you should offer support and acknowledge the person's decision to share this information with you. Here is an example of what you can say:

“Thank you for sharing this with me. I’m sorry you’re going through this. I care about you, and I want to help you.”
Interrupt & Inform: If you are a Responsible Employee, gently interrupt and inform them that you are required to report any information shared with you. Give them the option to share information. If they wish to talk to a confidential support person, refer them with a confidential resource like the Employee Assistance Program, Counseling Services. or Religious Life staff.

Title IX Report An Incident REPORT AN INCIDENT


Title IX Office

24-Hour Response Hotline

Additional Key Contacts


Sexual Misconduct Brochures

For Complainants (PDF)
For Respondents (PDF)