Crimes against persons take many forms including gender violence, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking. They all have one thing in common. All are crimes and punishable as either criminal or civil matters. Additionally they are all violations of the Title IX if they involve a member of the college community and punishments under this code can be in addition to any criminal or civil prosecution. The college strongly encourages victims and witnesses to report and prosecute alleged perpetrators to the fullest extent of the laws. There are several venues for assistance if a person is a victim.
Paul D. Camp Community College has access to trained professional counseling staff available to assist victims. The Commonwealth’s Attorneys Office of the cities of Franklin, Suffolk and Smithfield victim/witness assistance program is also available to assist victims in any way possible. Referral information is available at all times from the Campus Security Force. Security personnel can assist you in obtaining the necessary information for counseling, medical care or financial assistance. Responsiveness to the victim is a top priority of the college and the Campus Security Force.
If you are a victim of a sexual assault, even if you do not choose to prosecute, it is important that you have a physical examination after the attack. Besides bruises or other physical injuries, you may have been exposed to sexually transmitted diseases that require treatment. An HIV/AIDS test may also help ease your mind although additional testing six months after the assault may be necessary to completely eliminate the threat of AIDS/HIV. The college most strongly recommends counseling, either private or through excellent public resources, and can put you in touch with these resources. All of these services are confidential. A copy of the college’s policy on sexual misconduct can be found on the Safety and Security link on the college web site.
Consider your judicial options. Although there are statutes of limitations on criminal cases, they are often longer than you think. You also have the option of civil charges or campus disciplinary actions. If the assault and the aftermath are interfering with your ability to complete your academic work, talk with the VP of Academic and Student Development about academic relief.
Remember it is never too late to deal with a crime against persons and the college will assist you in every way possible.