Resources for Assistance
Sexual assaults can also affect a victim's academic performance. Students may seek assistance with academic issues through the Office of the Dean of Students at 419-372-2843. The Office of the Dean of Students will work collaboratively with the student's college office.
The SAAFE Center has sexual assault advocates available 24/7 who are trained in providing emotional support, information/referrals, plus medical and legal information. Advocates can be contacted at any point in the aftermath of an assault to provide assistance. However, the sooner an advocate is called and able to provide information and services, the more options a victim may have. To contact an advocate, call The Link Hotline at 419-352-1545 and ask for a SAAFE advocate.
Alcohol and Other Substances
Often times, victims, knowingly or unknowingly, ingest alcohol and other substances prior to being sexually assaulted. In either case, a victim of sexual assault will not be penalized for underage consumption if an assault is reported to the police or the Office of the Dean of Students.
BGSU Student Conduct Program
If the perpetrator is a student, a victim may utilize the student conduct process, which is the University's system of accountability for students. This course of action is an option even if the victim is not a student and is not choosing to prosecute. The student conduct
process can be initiated through the Office of the Dean of Students at 419-372-2843.
Counseling can be an integral part of recovery from a
sexual assault. The referral sources listed below include on- and off-campus counseling and advocacy services, as well as the SAAFE Center available via The Link Hotline at 419-352-1545.
When a sexual assault takes place in a residence hall, a victim may choose or need to relocate. This option can be made available through the Office of Residence Life at 419-372-2011.
Medical care is recommended after any sexual offense. At a minimum, such care allows for treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In addition, if the assault has taken place within the last 96 hours, an exam can be conducted (known as a rape kit exam) for the purpose of collecting evidence for prosecution. Students may seek medical care at the Student Health Service (SHS) during business hours or Wood County Hospital's Emergency Room 24 hours a day. If the student does not want a rape kit completed, the SHS, 419-372- 2271, can still treat for STIs and provide emergency contraception. Non-students can go to the Wood County Hospital's Emergency Room for a rape exam if the assault occurred within the last 96 hours. Non-students can also be seen at Planned Parenthood, 1-800-230-7526, or by a private physician for treatment of STIs and pregnancy. However, these providers are unable to conduct rape exams.
A victim has a choice about whether to prosecute or not. Even if a victim initially chooses not to prosecute, it can be helpful to report an assault so that prosecution can be pursued at a later date if the victim chooses to do so. This allows for timely evidence collection and early interviews with the victim and witnesses, and gives more credibility if prosecution is pursued at a later date.
Sexual assault victims may be eligible for victim's compensation for costs incurred as a result of the crime. More information is available about such compensation through the SAAFE Center at 419-352-1545.
The University acknowledges the support services of following organizations:
Student Health Service
BGSU Police Department
Drug, Alcohol, and Sexual Offenses Coalition
Office of Residence Life
Student Legal Services
LGBT Resource Center
Office of the Dean of Students
Office of Student Affairs
Behavioral Connections of Wood County
Bowling Green City Police Department
Sexual Assault Mock Court Trial
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