Know Your Rights
Navigating the legal system can be hard. What you do, or do not do, is up to you.
- You never have to report to anyone if you don’t want to.
- You can still use any resource and have the right to stop using them at any point you want. The only exception to this is if you are under the age of 16 and are assaulted or under the age of 19 and the perpetrator is in a position of power, in which people are legally obligated to inform police or Child Protection Services.
- You can seek medical treatment and not report to the police.
- You can seek no contact orders or file a complaint on campus and not report to police.
- What resources you choose to use and how you use them are up to you. You have the power and only you can decide what you want to do.
It is important to note that disclosing an experience of sexual violence is when you tell someone about the experience, but do not necessarily want action take against the perpetrator. Reporting takes place when you tell someone about your experience and request action taken against the perpetrator.