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Sexual Assault Response Guarantee

 


The Johnson County Sexual Assault Response Team supports the “Start by Believing” public awareness campaign (a program of End Violence Against Women International) which is designed to improve the responses of friends, family members, and community professionals, so they can help victim-survivors access supportive resources and engage the criminal justice system.

Sexual Assault Response Guarantee

Sexual assaults, including non-stranger sexual assault, are a very serious concern of the University. If you feel you are the victim of a sexual assault on campus, your University of Iowa Police Division will guarantee you the following:

  1. We will meet with you privately, at a place of your choice in this area, to take a police report.
  2. We will not release your name to the public or to the media, except as provided by law. If your name is requested to be released, we will attempt to notify you prior to its release so you can exercise your rights under law.
  3. Our officers will not prejudge you, and you will not be blamed for what occurred.
  4. We will treat you and your particular case with courtesy, sensitivity, dignity, understanding and professionalism.
  5. If you feel more comfortable talking with a female or male officer, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
  6. We will assist you in arranging for any hospital treatment or other medical needs.
  7. With your permission, we will assist you in contacting counseling and advocacy services, in addition to and other available resources that will continue to provide you with additional support throughout the investigation.
  8. We will fully investigate your case. You will be kept up-to-date on the progress of the investigation. Each investigation is forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review, with your input taken into consideration as to the best possible outcome.
  9. We will continue to be available for you, to answer your questions, to explain the systems and processes involved (prosecutor’s office, court proceedings, university investigation), and to be a listening ear if you wish.
  10. We will consider your case seriously regardless of your gender or sexual orientation, and regardless of the gender or sexual orientation of the suspect.
  11. It is our policy not to pursue alcohol or drug charges on victim-survivors who chose to report sexual assaults.

If we fail to achieve any part of the above guarantee, the Director of Public Safety will meet with you personally to address any problems. The University of Iowa Police want to continue to make the campus safe for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

If you feel you are the victim of a sexual assault, call the Rape Victim Advocacy Program at (319) 335 6001 or 1 (800) – 228-1625. It is a confidential resource and recommended for victims and survivors of sexual assault. To file a police report, or to get more information about filing a police report, feel free to contact the University of Iowa Police at 335-5022, and say you would like information on reporting a sexual assault. Both numbers are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.