Sexual Violence - Helping Victims:
In matters of sexual violence/sexual assault, EVMS’ first priority is to address the immediate needs of the victim. If you are a victim of Sexual Violence/Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence or Stalking (or you are helping a victim of any of the above) you should:
- Get to a safe place as fast as you can and call 911 or EVMS Police and Public Safety; at 757.446.5911 and/or call a trusted friend or family member. Remember that even if you do not have a support system here, you are not alone and can use our list of Confidential Resources to find someone who has experience with helping people who are victims of sexual violence.
- In the case of any type of Sexual Violence/Sexual Assault, you should obtain immediate medical attention. The purpose of the exam is to obtain forensic evidence. Therefore, it is imperative that you do not shower, drink, eat, douche, urinate or change your clothes before the exam. If you must urinate, try to capture the urine in a plastic or glass cup for evidence testing. If you must change clothes, put the items in separate paper bags, again to be used in evidence testing. Do not use plastic bags; they contaminate evidence. If the assault occurred in your residence, try not to disturb the scene. PLEASE NOTE: That while the preservation of evidence may assist in proving that a crime occurred, it is essential that you receive medical attention, whether or not you plan to report the crime to police. You may have received injuries of which you are not aware. Also, a doctor or nurse can examine you and give you information about the possibility of pregnancy and the risk of exposure to sexually transmitted diseases. If you suspect that you may have been given a date rape drug (such as Rohypnol, GHB, Ketamine or Valium), ask the hospital or clinic to take a urine sample as soon as possible. These drugs quickly pass through the body once ingested. As soon as you have a quiet moment, write down everything that you remember happening during the sexual assault, including a description of the assailant and any weapons used. More information about Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (P.E.R.K.) exams can be found here. While at the hospital you can contact the police if you have not done so already.
- Talk with a counselor or victim advocate who is trained to assist sexual assault victims with the emotional, physical and legal impact of an assault: Sexual Violence/Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence or Stalking. Examples include the YWCA Women's Crisis Program Rape Crisis Center 24-hour hotline: 757.251.0144, and the EVMS Student Mental Health Services: 757.446.5888 (M-F, 8 am to 6 pm) or you can also use our list of Confidential Resources.
- Consider filing a protective order. More information about filing protective orders in Virginia can be found here.
Once immediate needs have been addressed, you should know that:
- Resources to help you (mental health services, victim support services, shelters, and other hotlines) can be found on our list of Confidential Resources.
- You have the right to bring criminal charges against your attacker and are encouraged to talk to EVMS Police or a Title IX Coordinator about options for investigation and prosecution.
- If you choose not to bring criminal charges, you still have the right to file a Title IX Complaint within one year of the incident if the perpetrator was a member of the EVMS community (faculty, staff, student, vendor etc.).
- If you do not want to file a Title IX complaint or do not want to be identified as a reporter, you can make an anonymous report by using the EVMS Ethics and Compliance Hotline: 1-800-461-9330. This hotline is manned by a 3rd party vendor and not by anyone from EVMS.
- All reports of Sexual Violence/Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, or Stalking against and EVMS student will be investigated by appropriately trained investigators. All institutional proceedings shall be conducted by individuals who, at a minimum, receive annual training on the issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.
- If the sexual violence occurred at an EVMS sponsored social or educational event (including educational rotations) or if the event occurred at EVMS housing, EVMS will investigate the matter as soon as we become aware of the situation. This includes when reports are made anonymously.
- Information about confidentiality when you make a report about sexual violence is available here.
- If you have questions about any aspect of a Title IX Complaint (process, confidentiality, etc.) please visit our Title IX webpages or contact the EVMS Institutional Title IX Coordinator at 757-446-6008 or the Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students at 446-5244. Other information about Title IX Coordinators can be found here.
Student Sexual Violence – Sexual Violence Review Committee
Whenever the Institutional Title IX Coordinator is notified by a Responsible Employee of an actual or alleged act of sexual violence against an EVMS student (regardless of whether it occurs on or off the EVMS campus), the Institutional Title IX Coordinator will convene the Sexual Violence Review Committee, which consists of the EVMS Institutional Title IX Coordinator the EVMS Chief of Police or designee, and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs or designee. (Note that a Responsible Employee does not need to make a report to the Institutional Title IX Coordinator if the alleged incident occurred off campus and the Responsible Employee has actual knowledge that that incident has already been reported to the Institutional Title IX Coordinator, or to the Commonwealth's Attorney or to the law-enforcement agency responsible for investigating the allegations (i.e. providing a copy of the police report, email to the Title IX Coordinator or Commonwealth's Attorney, etc.).
The Sexual Violence Review Committee will, within 72 hours of notice by the Institutional Title IX Coordinator, meet, discuss the particulars of the sexual violence report, and assess the risk to the victim (and/or others on the EVMS Campus). The Sexual Violence Review Committee shall be part and have all the powers of, the EVMS threat assessment team (known as SMART) as set forth in § 23-9.2:10 of the Code of Virginia, and may obtain criminal history and health record information as necessary in order to make determination of risk to the EVMS Community
If the risk rises to the level of being a health or safety emergency, as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), or if the Sexual Violence Review Committee, cannot reach an agreement about the level of risk, the allegations will be disclosed to the law enforcement agency that would be responsible for investigation of the allegations (unless such agency is located outside of the United States). Upon such disclosure, the institutional Title IX Coordinator, or designee, shall notify the victim that the disclosure was made.
In cases in which the alleged act of sexual violence would constitute a felony violation of Article 7 (§ 18.2-61 et seq.) of Chapter 4 of Title 18.2, the EVMS Chief of Police or designee shall inform the other members of the review committee and shall within 24 hours consult with the attorney for the Commonwealth or other prosecutor responsible for prosecuting the alleged act of sexual violence and provide to such person the information received by the review committee without disclosing personally identifiable information, unless such information was disclosed to law enforcement as above. In the event that personally identifiable information is disclosed to the Commonwealth’s Attorney or another prosecutor, the Institutional Title IX Coordinator, or designee, shall notify the victim that the disclosure was made.
In addition to the procedures listed above, SMART, EVMS Police and Public Safety and the Institutional Title IX Coordinator will continue to investigate to take action on the matter as it relates to their responsibilities under EVMS Policy, Title IX, and/or any other state or federal law.