Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Prevention

Employee and Student Training

 

Western Governors University (WGU) is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which students, faculty, and staff can work and study in an atmosphere free from all forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. All employees are required to complete preventing sexual harassment and Title IX training at the time of hire and have ongoing access to that training within the HR portal. Students are provided Title IX/VAWA training from Workplace Answers at orientation and have ongoing access within the student portal.

 

Reducing Risk


While the sole responsibility for crimes rests on the perpetrators, the following tips may reduce the risk of many types of crimes, including sexual violence: 

 

  • Know your resources.
  • Awareness + Common Sense + Early Planning = Best Prevention.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and instincts.
  • Expect to be respected. Assert your rights.
  • Clearly communicate your thoughts and beliefs through actions and words.
  • Meet social or business acquaintances in public places; arrange to have your own transportation or travel with good friends.
  • Carry money to meetings and on dates in case you need to use the phone or pay for transportation.
  • Control your environment. Don’t let yourself get put in a dangerous location like an alley or back room.
  • Know your date’s first and last name, address and business.
  • Let someone (e.g. a friend) know where you are going, who you are going with, and when you expect to return.
  • Especially with new people, watch how much alcohol or drugs both you and your date consume. Alcohol and drug use may increase your vulnerability by lowering your awareness and ability to react.


If You Find Yourself in a Potentially Bad Situation

 

  • The object is survival. Do whatever you can to survive. Try to remember as much as you can about the attacker: height and weight compared to yours, scars, tattoos, accent, etc.
  • As in prevention, clearly assert your rights through your words and actions.
  • Criticize your date’s actions, not him personally, so that he will understand what behavior to stop. For example, "I’m not ready for sex." or "I have enjoyed our date until now, I don’t want to do this."  Be clear about your limits.
  • If he does not listen to you, leave.
  • Do not let embarrassment for him keep you from doing what is right for you.
  • Choose effective means to get yourself out of the situation. Act with a purpose.
  • Try to keep your composure; avoid falling apart.
  • At the first opportunity, escape from the situation and go to a safe place and call for help.

 

Active Intervention Methods

 

  • Bite, scratch, kick, pull, twist and punch in vulnerable areas- stomach, sides, face, eyes, shins, hands, and the groin area.
  • Run away.
  • Attract attention by continually screaming and yelling "FIRE," "HELP," or "I DON’T KNOW THIS PERSON."

 

Passive Intervention Methods

 

  • Talk yourself out of a situation. Give a "convincing story." It's OK to lie.
  • Pretend to cooperate until an opportunity for escape presents itself. Put your attacker off guard.
  • Act in a bizarre and/or repulsive manner (feign insanity or convulsions, urinate or vomit.)
  • Do what is best for you and your situation.

 

After an Attack

 

  • Try to be as calm as possible in order to think more clearly.
  • Call 911 immediately.
  • Do not disturb any evidence, including that on your body. Do not bathe, brush your teeth, douche, clean fingernails or change clothes. Take a change of clothes with you to the hospital.
  • Remind yourself this isn't your fault. 

 

If You Know Someone Who Has Been Attacked

 

  • Be there. Your presence means you care and helps counter feelings of helplessness, guilt, and isolation that victims often experience.
  • Listen to the victim. Don’t be judgmental of his/her actions.
  • Offer to accompany the victim to the hospital or police station.
  • Encourage the victim to contact our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or WellConnect and to seek help from a victim’s assistance program. EAP/WellConnect counselors will assist in notifying appropriate law enforcement agencies if requested, provide referrals for counseling services and medical attention, and provide assistance with other needs.

 

Confidential Counseling and Support Resources


Confidential counseling and support resources are available to both students and staff through WGU WellConnect and Support Linc Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Services include immediate telephonic counseling and four scheduled in-person counseling sessions with trained counselors as well as community referrals and assistance understanding your reporting options. Contact information for both services are provided below:

WGU WellConnect for Students
1-877-685-3269

Support Linc Employee Assistance Program for WGU Staff Members
1-888-881-5462

Additional information on Support Linc

 

 

 

 

 

 


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