CREATE an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
- To make change, talk openly about the topic of sexual assault with everyone.
- Never blame the survivor.
- Don’t ask pointed questions like, “What were you wearing?” or “How much did you have to drink?”
- Always believe the survivor.
- Survivors may choose to report an assault through the Clemson Office for Community Ethical Standards, the police department, or confidentially through CAPS.
- Know the resources and what avenues a survivor can pursue.
- Forensic evidence can be collected by a SANE nurse at the ER even if someone does not choose to file a police report right away. This is known as an “anonymous rape kit” and preserves evidence while a survivor decides.
- The cost of rape kits is covered by the state of South Carolina.