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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Sexual misconduct involves particularly sensitive issues which require careful investigation and handling.
The disciplinary procedures at Yale-NUS set out here are specifically designed to ensure that reports of sexual misconduct are investigated in a fair and objective manner whilst protecting the privacy and interests of the students involved.
With regards to issues of sexual misconduct, maintaining confidentiality is taken very seriously. Though the College’s primary concern is ensuring the safety of students and employees and providing access to resources, we will strive to ensure that high standards of confidentiality are retained.
When reviewing allegations of sexual assault or misconduct, the College will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to a reporting party in a manner that is consistent with high standards of confidentiality. Confidentiality is not always possible or appropriate; the College has a responsibility to balance the requests for confidentiality with our institutional responsibility of ensuring a safe educational environment and workplace. However, we will always be communicative with the reporting and responding parties in the event that any information needs to be shared.
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.
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.
|Subscribe to the Survivor Support Monthly Newsletter||Contact Natalie Ang at email@example.com
|Express an interest in group therapy||Contact Kathleen at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|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:
Contact Sahar at email@example.com 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.