Introduction: You Are Not Alone Student Guide
If you have survived sexual violence, or know someone who has, please be assured that there are people who care about what you have endured. You Are Not Alone is written for survivors of sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence to provide support as well as, important information about prohibited conduct, available resources on and off campus, and ways to file a complaint in order to assist survivors in the recovery process and in their efforts to heal from this devastating form of violence.
As a survivor of sexual assault, you are not alone in what happened to you, or in how you feel. It is important for you to know that the feelings, reactions, and questions you may be experiencing are similar to those of other people who have been victimized through no fault of their own. You, as others have, can learn to regain a sense of power over your life. You may feel very isolated and alone, but there are resources and support available and people ready and able to help you. Sexual assault is never the fault of the victim. You are not to blame for what another person has done to you.
Male survivors receive the same services as female survivors at Boston College. Emotional support, counseling regarding options, medical treatment, and so on are all available. Survivors may request a male or female advocate when calling SANet.
Sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual misconduct of any kind is prohibited by Boston College and will be responded to accordingly. Boston College attempts at all times to maintain a safe environment that supports its educational mission and is free from exploitation and intimidation as well as discrimination based upon gender.