Choosing to Report
Why is Reporting Important?
Get connected to support
Reporting an incident of sexual violence will allow to the better access to services available to you, such as counseling and medical services, academic and housing accommodations, and assistance in pursuing a complaint on or off campus if you wish to do so.
Regain sense of personal power and control
If you are a survivor, reporting the crime can help you regain a sense of personal power and control and can also help to ensure the safety of other potential victims.
Protect Campus from repeat offender
Reporting sexual violence aids in Rivier’s ability to ensure the survivor’s future safety and the welfare of the university community. Research suggests that men who commit acts of sexual violence are likely to have committed similar crimes in the past and/or intend to commit similar crimes in the future. Research has also indicates that most men are not rapists and that approximately 90% of rapes that occur on college campuses are committed by serial rapists. Reporting helps to protect individuals and communities against these repeat offenders.
Report without pursuing complaint
If a survivor reports an incident of sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking, s/he does not have to pursue formal complaints on campus or criminally.