Getting the Support You Need

Match support to your needs: If you’ve experienced an incident of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, other sexual misconduct,or sexual harassment, and you want help, the College’s priority is to help you identify the support that best fits your needs. There is no “right,” “wrong,” or “normal” way to respond to the traumatic experience of interpersonal violence, and it’s common for needs to change over time.

Support is a broad concept: Support can mean many things. Every person impacted by interpersonal violence is different. Support can address emotional, psychological, medical, and academic needs. Support may include getting information about making a formal report to the College or to law enforcement. Some want to move forward with a formal process right away while others want to think about whether this is right for them. Some are initially opposed to making a claim but change their mind, and others decide that taking action will compromise their healing process.

Be empowered: Understand privacy, confidentiality, and anonymity. We know it’s important for those impacted by interpersonal violence to feel empowered to make decisions about support and next steps, including the decision about whether to pursue a formal claim against the accused individual. We think understanding the concepts of privacy, confidentiality, and anonymity in the Title IX context can foster a sense of control and empowerment. These concepts are related, but have distinct meanings and apply to support providers in different ways.

Privacy Privacy generally means that information communicated about an incident of sexual, dating or stalking violence or sexual harassment will be shared only with individuals who need to know the information in order to provide support or provide assistance to the survivor. Many employees at Scripps and in the Consortium have a duty to protect your privacy but are required to report information they receive about incidents to the Scripps Title IX Coordinator (and, sometimes in cross- campus matters to the other college’s Title IX office). These employees are known as “Responsible Employees.”

Responsible Employees at Scripps and in the Consortium include: the Presidents and their leadership teams; faculty; all Student Affairs staff; RAs; New Student Program coordinators; Peer Mentor team leaders; the Title IX teams; coaches; the registrar, Campus Safety; staff at Consortium resources — HEO, CLSA, OBSA, I-Place, and SDRC. 

Please Note: Reports to Scripps REs will only be shared with the Scripps Title IX Coordinator, regardless of whether the accused’s identity is disclosed. However, if the accused’s identity is disclosed to Campus Safety or other Consortial REs, the accused’s school will be informed of the report.

If you’re in doubt about whether someone is a responsible employee, you may ask them before proceeding with the conversation. If there is still a question, you may email the Scripps Title IX Coordinator at ssteffen@scrippscollege.edu to ask for clarification without disclosing any details about an incident, including the name and school of the accused.

Confidentiality Confidentiality means that the support provider will not disclose your identity or the substance of your conversation to the College, unless there is an imminent risk of harm to self or others.* There are confidential supports within the Consortium such as the counselor and Director at the EmPOWER Center, counselors at Monsour Counseling Center, medical staff at the Student Health Center, and the CUC chaplains.
*In some but not all cases, the confidential support provider also may have an evidentiary privilege that prevents the person from being compelled to testify in a civil or criminal court proceeding. We are not here identifying who does or does not qualify for this legal privilege, but you may ask the specific provider before you disclose information to them.
Anonymity Sometimes people feel safer remaining anonymous and not revealing their identity to a support provider. Anonymous resources include the Project Sister Family Services and the House of Ruth 24/7 hotlines. At the Consortium, survivors may call the Scripps Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault warm-line anonymously.