Daytona State College values the health and safety of everyone in our community. The College does not tolerate any sexual assault or any behavior that puts the community at greater risk for sexual assault. A sexual assault includes any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent, including forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling.
Sexual assault includes unlawful, non-forcible sex offenses including incest (non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law), and statutory rape (non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent. (View summary of Florida Statutes concerning sexual assault and consent.)
What to do if you are sexually assaulted:
Get to a safe place.
For your protection, CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY, especially if the assailant is still nearby. Stay on the phone as long as you can until help arrives. Remember that the police will help you whether or not you choose to prosecute the assailant. Call a trusted friend or family member for support and/or the victim-assistance services offered by community or law enforcement agencies. (Some local agencies are listed below.)
Get medical attention immediately.
A medical examination is to check for physical injury, the presence of sexually transmitted diseases, or pregnancy as a result of the assault. A medical examination will also aid in the police investigation and legal proceedings.
Don’t bathe or douche.
Bathing or douching might be the first thing you want to do, but you may be washing away evidence needed to prosecute the assailant. Wait until you have a medical examination. Also, do not change or alter the crime scene.
Save your clothing.
Changing your clothes is alright, but save the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault. Place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag and give them to the police. Your clothing could be used as evidence for prosecution.
We strongly encourage you to report any incident of sexual assault to police and Campus Safety. This is entirely your choice. Reporting to law enforcement and Campus helps the College to effectively deal with these incidents, and police and Campus Safety officers are trained to deal with these situations with sensitivity and compassion. However, you can report the incident College officials known as Campus Security Authorities (CSA's) and you can choose to report anonymously and still receive your rights from the College. Often, victims of sexual assault feel embarrassed, guilty, or fear retaliation or possible humiliation. These are normal emotions. Know that law enforcement and the College can guide you to professional counseling and other behavioral health resources that can help you deal with these emotions. Please also keep in mind that reporting to the police is not the same thing as prosecution. Prosecution can be determined later. If you decide not to notify law enforcement, please secure medical attention and contact any of the victim support resources listed in this guide. To learn more about reporting a crime, visit our Reporting Crime page.
If you know your attacker, you are also encouraged to pursue an injunction for protection, (often known as a "restraining order"), with court officials. If you choose to pursue this option, list Daytona State College as a restricted location and provide a copy to the Campus Safety Office on any campus location. The College will comply with all court-ordered injunctions (restraining orders) that involve Daytona State College.
Certain campus officials have the qualification of "Campus Security Authority" ("CSA") under federal guidelines, and are trained in taking reports of crime. These include but are not limited to: academic club advisors, Athletics Department coaches and managers, Student Services managers, Judicial Affairs officers, Human Resources representatives, and College administrators (e.g. directors, deans, vice presidents). While we strongly encourage you to make a report with Campus Safety, you may make a report of a sexual assault to any Campus Security Authority, for example, if you feel uncomfortable talking with a Campus Safety officer. For more information on Campus Security Authorities at Daytona State College, visit our Campus Security Authorities page.
As a survivor of a sexual assault, know that you have rights. For more about the rights of survivors, visit our Survivors' Rights page.
If you are a survivor of a sexual assault, we strongly encourage you to seek the help and resources that are available both on campus and in the community. To find out about these resources, visit our Resources for Survivors page.
Additional Information can be found in the Annual Security Report and Campus Safety Guide.