Survivor Support

If you have experienced an incident that you think may be sexual misconduct/assault, it is important to care for yourself and to seek help from others who can care for you.

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Get Help

Seek immediate medical care

Even if you are still undecided on what action to take, please seek immediate medical care if you feel like you have been injured during the experience of sexual misconduct/assault. If you can, it’s best to avoid showering or bathing before arrival at a clinic/hospital. Bringing a change of clothing with you, if you are able, can be helpful.

Go to a safe place

Getting to a place that you feel safe can be the first step to healing and/or dealing with the situation. A safe place will look different to all survivors; some suggestions might be to go to your home (if you are local), your own room, a friend’s room, or somewhere off-campus.

Speak to someone on campus

No matter what time it might be, there are staff around who can support you through this experience, if you choose to approach them. Every survivor’s journey is different and you are not required to speak to anyone if you don’t want to. If you do want to speak to someone, the following people have been specifically trained in supporting survivors:

Call AWARE Sexual Assault Care Centre at 6779 0282

Speak to an AWARE SACC staff member who is trained to help and listen to those who have faced sexual assault or feel unsure about a sexual encounter.

Report

You can pursue one or more options for reporting an instance of alleged sexual misconduct – filing a disciplinary complaint under the College’s policy on sexual misconduct and/or filing a police report. However, it is equally valid to choose to do nothing at the moment or to confide in a friend or to seek counselling on or off-campus.

  1. Disciplinary Action

    You can choose to file a formal disciplinary complaint against a respondent who is also a Yale-NUS student. Approach Andrew McGeehan in the DOS Office to discuss this option further, or review the Sexual Misconduct Policy.

    Understand College’s policies and procedures

    Know more about confidentiality

    OR

  2. Police Report

    You can also file a police report against the respondent. A report of alleged sexual misconduct to law enforcement officials entails investigation and possible prosecution under the laws of Singapore. Seek on-campus assistance and support for filing a police report from any Dean’s Fellow or Assistant Deans, and/or off-campus assistance from the AWARE SACC.

    *A reporting party who has submitted a police report may still initiate disciplinary action, so long as these efforts would not interfere with any on-going law enforcement proceedings.

 

Learn More

Every person’s journey to healing looks different. These are the various resources available to you, and you may choose to access them whenever you are ready.

Learn more about the terms used to describe sexual misconduct.

Resources Available Contact
Subscribe to the Survivor Support Monthly Newsletter Contact Natalie Ang at natalie.ang@yale-nus.edu.sg

  • Get resources on tools for healing and reflection exercises
  • Get the most updated information on activities you can choose to participate in

View archive (for students only)

Express an interest in group therapy Contact Kathleen at kathleen.seow@yale-nus.edu.sg
Join the monthly Survivor’s Healing Collectives Circle Survivor’s Healing Collective Circle is a monthly meeting where participants can engage in various activities that focus on tools for redemption and healing

Examples of activities include:

  • Solidarity Meals
    These meals can take place on- or off-campus and are meant to be a relaxed space for attendees to get to know each other and have a break from the day-to-day rhythms of college in a safe space on or away from campus.
  • Making an Emotional Safety Plan
    Learn how to identify potential threats and create an emotional safety plan for your needs and concerns. Reclaim your sense of safety and security.
  • Healing from Shame
    Healing from Shame is a dialogue centred around healing from shame and rediscovering empowerment after experiences of sexual violence. It incorporates therapeutic approaches and is led by counsellor Kathleen Seow.
  • Yoga for Survivors
    This yoga session will explore the use of movement for grounding the body. It also presents a space for survivors to learn how to live in and respond to sensations of the body, and practise self-compassion, meditation and healing.

Contact Sahar at sahar@yale-nus.edu.sg to join the programme. You can also reach out to Sahar if you have a suggestion for a programme to be included in the healing circle.

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