Salt Lake Community College has many avenues of support for anyone affected by sexual assault.
All SLCC students, faculty and staff are protected against sexual discrimination by Title IX and have access to campus police and counseling services.
Title IX prohibits any form of sexual discrimination in educational programs and activities. These laws protect men and women equally, as men are often not considered “at risk” to situations involving sexual misconduct.
SLCC has also partnered with the It’s On Us sexual assault awareness campaign, which strives to commit students to doing all they can to prevent sexual assault.
Utah Highway Patrol Officer Troy Giles says anyone who is assaulted or faces the threat of an assault should call 911 immediately.
“The first thing would be to take a step back and ask yourself in a situation, ‘Is this sexual assault?’ Male or female, you’re going to know if you feel uncomfortable in a situation,” he says.
Giles acknowledges that talking to a police officer about these delicate situations can be intimidating for some survivors. However, the police cannot be as helpful if a certain amount of time has passed.
Giles encourages anyone who is hesitant about talking with police to meet with a counselor first. The trained professionals at SLCC can help survivors recover by talking with them and offering additional steps for support, including police contacts.
Anyone seeking more information about sexual assault on campus can contact Title IX coordinator Ken Stonebrook at 801-957-5027.