Sexual Harassment

Because students are in many ways the most vulnerable members of our community, the University is especially concerned with protecting the safety, self-respect and autonomy of its students. At the same time, any member of the University community (faculty, staff or student) who is threatened by sexual harassment is liable to be harmed in mind, body or performance, and anyone who engages in such harassment is also violating the College's ethical standards. Sexual harassment is also against the law.

Examples of sexual harassment are:

  • Invitations for dates which continue after you have said no.
  • Unwelcome toughing or "accidentally" brushing against you.
  • Letters, telephone calls or gifts when you have made it clear that they are unwelcome.
  • Inappropriate remarks or questions about your sex life.
  • Display of sexually explicit, degrading or suggestive materials in the classroom or workplace.
  • Subtle or blatant demand for sexual favors in return for grades, recommendations, promotions or other benefits.

Walla Walla University works in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies to provide as much information as possible regarding the prevention of sexual assault. This includes both written information and several sexual assault awareness presentations throughout the academic year.

For more information regarding the prevention of sexual assault and the procedures to be followed if a sex offense occurs, please refer to the Walla Walla University Student Handbook, available from the Student Administration Office located in the bottom of Kellogg Hall.

Victims of Sexual Harassment or Assault are encouraged to report the incident as soon as possible. All victims of such crimes have the option of reporting the crime confidentially to the Director of Campus Security and allowing him to work with the proper law enforcement, or they may report such crimes directly to the appropriate law enforcement. The phone number to the College Place Police Dept. is 525- 7778. In all emergencies, call 911.

Sexual assault

Sexual assault is a topic few of us really like to discuss. Most men and women reluctantly admit that it occurs, but both sexes tend to feel that it won't happen to them. However, sexual assault is a crime to which any of us can become a victim. Whether it is committed by a stranger or someone the victim knows, sexual assault is a crime of dominance, control, and often physical and emotional violence. The majority of reported sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows. For women, it is estimated that one in four will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. For men, one in nine are likely to be similarly victimized.

Walla Walla University enjoys a relatively safe environment; however, this does not mean that you can take personal safety for granted. The best way to protect your person is to use your head. With this in mind, the following is offered in the hope of reducing the possibility of you becoming a victim of sexual assault.

Precautions:

Walking:

  • Keep a clear head and be alert to your surroundings.
  • Have several plans of action in case you are attacked.
  • Listen to your hunches - you are your own best alarm system!
  • Avoid dark streets and walkways.
  • Walk with confidence and determination - don't look like a victim.
  • Do not walk alone, especially at night
  • Make use of the campus safety escort system (call 509-527-2222 for info).
  • Know your route home and note buildings that are open late.
  • Do not accept rides - learn to say NO assertively.
  • If you are followed, change directions, or go to crowded areas. If necessary, walk to the nearest house for help.
  • Walk near the curb, avoiding shrubbery or other possible hiding places.
  • Have your key in hand so entry into your home or car is immediate.

In your dorm:

  • Do not open your door to strangers.
  • Keep your door closed and locked when you are away from your room and at night.
  • Know the emergency phone numbers (local police, campus security and front desk).
  • Report strangers or strange situations immediately.

At home:

  • Install a door viewer - do not open your door to strangers.
  • Women who live alone should list only last names and first initials in phone books and on mailboxes.
  • Keep windows and doors secured with adequate locks.
  • Close curtains and blinds at night to prevent peeping.
  • Know the emergency phone numbers and keep a list near the phone.
  • Have a safe room inside your home with a locking door and phone inside.

Driving:

  • Check the back seat before you get into your car.
  • Keep windows rolled up and the doors locked.
  • Never pick up strangers.
  • Make certain you have plenty of gas.
  • If your car breaks down, try to wait for help from the police.
  • If followed, drive to a police or fire station or other public place.

Defenses:

Use your mind!

  • Stay calm! If you panic you lose control of the situation.
  • Talk to the person and convey quietly that you are a person.
  • Remember your plans - escape is the objective.
  • Try to gain time and distance.
  • Introduction of a third party usually ends the confrontation.
  • Break the social rules - vomit, urinate, act crazy - do whatever necessary to escape.

Fight!

  • You must make the decision.
  • If you decide to fight, there are no rules - your life depends on it.
  • Use hard parts (hands, feet, knees) against soft parts (groin, eyes).
  • Make as much noise as possible - yell "police" or "help".
  • Have several plans in case one doesn't work.
  • Weapons - unless you are proficient with one, do not carry them.

If you are a victim:

  • Get to a safe place.
  • Call the College Place police and/or Campus Security.
  • Get emotional help - WWU Counseling Services (509-527-2147) or Sexual Abuse Helpline (800-234-0038).
  • Do not shower or change clothes, as this may destroy vital evidence.
  • Do not blame yourself.
  • Try to call a close friend to be with you for support.

Why Sexual Assault goes unreported:

  • Personal security reasons - fear of retaliation, stigmas, protection of others.
  • Practical reasons - no time for prosecution or faith in the system.
  • Attribution reasons - self blame or fear of blame by others.

If you are the victim of sexual assault, report the crime and get help immediately!


Campus Security 309 South College Ave College Place, WA 99324
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24 Hour: (509) 527-2222
Director: (509) 527-2613

Page maintained by John McMackin
Last update on April 26, 2011