Safety Topic of the Month Page
Sexual Assault Awareness
UNM SMART (Sexual
Misconduct and Assault Response Team) unites different departments across
campus and key community partners. UNM SMART addresses best practices in education
and prevention, provided guidance on investigation improvement, and centers
care and support for survivors and all effected by sexual assaults. Click here to contact SMART.
investigators are a team professional Law Enforcement Officers with
training, equipment and resources to investigate cases of sexual assault. A
SMART investigator is always on call.
||Support and Resources:
Most sexual assaults are from known
assailants. In the case of an assault by a stranger or an individual that poses
a threat to the safety of others, police can take action immediately and alert
the community with information that may help apprehend the assailant.
who has been sexually assaulted is encouraged to contact SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners). Why? If you
visit SANE within 5 days, your chances of collecting and saving evidence are
good. Even if you don’t want to report it now, you may want to later. Also, SANE is a free confidential resource
that will take care of your physical needs, conduct STI/D testing, and provide
you with any resources you may want.
It’s common for sexual assault
survivors to question whether or not they should contact law enforcement and
report their assault. There are many reasons why a sexual assault survivor may
not immediately report the crime. One option is using a confidential advocate
to help you navigate support and reporting options. You can expect that
advocates will treat a survivor with respect, dignity, and sensitivity throughout
the process as you seek services from a university advocate. Click here for what you should expect, how to find an
advocate and what they offer. Click here for
a resource guide.
You may have heard the term “bystander intervention”
to describe a situation where someone who isn’t directly involved steps in to
change the outcome. Stepping in may give the person you’re concerned about a
chance to get to a safe place or leave the situation. Making a huge difference
in a situation doesn’t have to compromise your safety.
bystanders, students can learn ways of taking action that can prevent crimes
like sexual assault from occurring. When it comes to personal safety, there are
steps you can take as well, and some of those tips are outlined below. No tips
can absolutely guarantee safety—sexual violence can happen to anyone, and it’s
not the only crime that can occur on a college campus. It’s important to
remember that if you are sexually assaulted on campus it is not your fault—help
and support are available.
How to Report Sexual Misconduct:
The University of New Mexico urges any individual who has experienced
sexual violence or misconduct, or has knowledge about an incident of sexual
misconduct, to make an official report to the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO)
at 505-277-5251 or University Police (UNMPD) at 505-277-2241. However, UNM
recognizes that some individuals may want to speak with someone anonymously
about reporting options and support before deciding whether to report the
incident to the police or the Office of Equal Opportunity for
experience sexual misconduct are strongly encouraged to understand the various
reporting requirements of University entities in order to make the best decision
for their circumstance.
Whether or not anonymity is requested, information
about sexual violence and misconduct will be treated confidentially and only be
shared on a need-to-know basis, and as authorized under University policy and
applicable federal and state law. Click here to find the Anonymous/Confidential Campus
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