Sexual Assault Prevention Program

The Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Specialist coordinates educational programming to the College community about sexual assault prevention. She also serves as an advocate for students who have been sexually assaulted.

The Sexual Assault Education and Prevention office is located in the lower level of the Student Health Center. Hours of operation are posted on the office door. The telephone number is (304)788-6910, and the E-mail address is KaAnderson@mail.wvu.edu.

 

What to Do If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted

1. Get Help! This is not the time to be alone. If there is no one to go to, and then call someone you can talk to, no matter how late it is.

2. Get medical attention . Any student who feels he/she has been sexually assaulted should call 911, go to the Emergency Room at Potomac Valley Hospital, or go to PSC’s Student Health Center (M-F, 8:30 AM -5:00 PM).

The sooner a sexual assault is reported, the easier it is to collect valuable evidence and initiate support services for the victim. Within 96 hours of the assault, the medical evaluation and rape evidence exam are available through a local hospital. If you decide to press charges, physical specimens collected soon after the rape will be valuable evidence. Completing the evidence collection does not commit you to filing charges.

To facilitate evidence collection the victim:

• Should not bathe or douche.

• Should not eat or brush their teeth if oral contact has occurred.

• Should place soiled clothing in a paper bag (plastic bags destroy crucial evidence) to be taken to the emergency room or police department.

Medical attention is crucial for assessing internal injuries, sexually transmitted diseases, and possible pregnancy.

University Police may transport the victim to the hospital for medical attention. If the victim does not want to contact the Police, a friend or relative may transport the student to the hospital.

When the victim arrives at the emergency room, the hospital will offer to call the Family Crisis Center 1-800-698-1240 to arrange for a volunteer advocate to accompany the victim throughout the exam if she/he chooses.

Follow-up medical services can be arranged through PSC’s Student Health Center at (304)788-6913.

3. Report the assault to the Police and/or College officials, whether or not you plan to file charges. (Reporting a rape does NOT commit you to filing charges. You can make that decision later.) Have someone go with you. You can go the next day, but the sooner the better. Sexual assault is a crime and we encourage all victims to report.

Victims and/or witnesses are strongly encouraged to report the assault to the WVU Title IX Coordinator:

Mr. James Goins

Director of Equity Assurance and Title IX Coordinator

WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

P.O. Box 6202

1085 Van Voorhis Road

Morgantown, WV 26506-6202

Phone: (304) 293-5600

Fax: (304)293-8279

Email: james.goins@mail.wvu.edu

If the assault takes place off campus, students and/or victims should call 911 to contact the Keyser Police, Mineral County Sheriff’s Department or WV State Police. In addition, the victim should notify the University Police.

4. Consider whether you want to file charges with the Police and /or through the Potomac State College of WVU Student Conduct Office. The following is a list of contacts:

University Police: (304) 788-6931 or 911

PSC’s Student Conduct Office (304) 788-6910

PSC’s Dean of Student Affairs (304) 788-6843

PSC’s Social Justice Liaison (304) 788-6959

WVU's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (304) 293-5600

Mineral County Sheriff’s Office (304) 788-0441 or 911

WV State Police (304) 788-1101 or 911

5. Other local and College Support Services and Personnel include:

Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (304) 292-5100 (Hotline 24-hour advocacy)

Mineral County Health Department (304) 788-1321

WVU’s Sexual Assault/Education Specialist (304) 293-1377

PSC’s Sexual Assault/Education Specialist (304) 788-6910

PSC’s Licensed Counselor (304) 788-6976

PSC Pastoral Services (304) 788-6868

PSC’s Social Justice Liaison is

Ms. Mollie Ravenscroft,

Sociology Professor.

Potomac State College of WVU

Administration Building Room 117

Phone: (304) 788-6959

E-mail: Mollie.Ravenscroft@mail.wvu.edu .

6. Other resources include:

West Virginia University Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

WellWVU

7. Policies and Laws Relating to Sexual Misconduct:

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY, BOARD OF GOVERNORS, POLICY 44:

POLICY REGARDING DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, SEXUAL & DOMESTIC MISCONDUCT, STALKING, AND RETALIATION

Standard Title IX Procedures from the WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

West Virginia Code, Chapter 61, Crimes and their Punishments, Article 8B, Sexual Offenses

WV Laws Related to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault