Sexual Assault Resources
The needs of someone who has been sexually assaulted vary from person to person and may vary over time. The University offers services and external resources, some of which are confidential and some which may be accessed 24 hours a day, so that a student may choose what might be most helpful and healing. A trained professional staff member serves as a Victim Advocate and is available to respond to students who have experienced forced or unwanted sexual contact or interpersonal violence.
Any student who has been a victim of dating abuse, sexual assault or stalking may seek support from a Victim Advocate by calling 317-910-5572 at any point they are ready. A Victim Advocate will start by believing and will offer options to minimize and treat physical harm, assist with processing the unique and complex emotional aftermath, and help preserve evidence and understand options for reporting. The Butler University Victim Advocate is designated a Campus Security Authority and therefore must report non-identifying information about incidents including the date, location and type of crime.
If immediate police intervention is desired, contact the University police department.
Students have the option to report the event to the police and/or to the University's Title IX Coordinator. Even for someone who does not wish to report the event to the police or to the Title IX Coordinator, seeking support and medical attention as soon as possible can be helpful. At any point that a student is ready to seek help, a Victim Advocate will be ready to assist her or him.
If you suspect or know a friend has experienced sexual assault, do not be afraid to seek outside help.
- Go to a safe place as soon as possible.
- Avoid the following activities in an effort to preserve physical evidence: showering, brushing teeth, eating or changing clothing. If clothing is changed, put all clothing worn at the time of the incident into a paper bag.
- Contact a Victim Advocate (317-910-5572) or Counseling & Consultation Services* for support. Contact the University police department (317-940-2873) or Title IX Coordinator to report (317-940-6509). A Victim Advocate is trained to assist survivors in getting physical and emotional care and to explain options and reporting processes.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible to assess for injury and treat for exposure to infections. Immediate and confidential medical attention for survivors of sexual assault is available at no cost at area hospitals within their Centers of Hope*. The hospitals closest to Butler with a 24-hour Center of Hope are Methodist and St. Vincent. With a survivor's consent, a specially trained nurse will conduct an exam to collect evidence.
- Seek counseling when the time is right. Butler's Counseling & Consultation Services* offer free & confidential services. Referrals to other local agencies such as Legacy House*, Prevail*, and the Julian Center* are available as well.
- Access routine testing for potential exposure to sexually transmitted infections. Consult with a Victim Advocate about free testing on campus or in the local community.
*Denotes a confidential resource.
Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Initiatives through the Office of Health Education & Outreach Programs
- Campus wide campaigns (such as the nation-wide It's On Us campaign) to raise awareness around sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and other correlated issues including date rape drugs, alcohol, and myths and misconceptions.
- Bystander intervention skills training utilizing the Community of C.A.R.E. model
- Annual training for student leaders (including Fraternity Risk Managers, Resident Assistants, new student athletes, Student Orientation Guides, Ambassadors of Change Teambuilders, Red Cup Culture Facilitators, Greeks as Educators, Advocates and Resources) to understand, prevent and respond to sexual violence.
- Programs and workshops regarding issues such as sexual violence prevention and response, dating violence prevention and response and healthy sexual choices are available through the Office of Health Education and Outreach Programs.
- Butler requires all new students to complete the Think About It online course which includes modules on consent, healthy relationships, substance use, sexual violence, stalking, and mental health.
- Co-coordination of the Higher Ed Impact Team, a monthly meeting of prevention specialists and advocates from local campuses and service providers to discuss best practices for prevention and response.
- Planning and delivery of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activities
- Advisement of Stand Tall, a Butler University student organization founded to support survivors, end rape culture and prevent sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence.
- Coordination of the Butler University Victim Advocate Program.
- Note: The University's Title IX Coordinator who ensures the University's compliance with federal law can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, please contact:
Sara Minor, MSW, LCSW