The University recognizes the nationwide prevalence of sexual assault and it publicly states that such behavior will not be tolerated in any form.
DeSales University Police offer sexual assault education and information programs to students and employees upon request. Literature on date rape education and risk reduction is available at the University Police Department located in Lawless Hall.
All rapes and sexual assaults on-campus should be immediately reported to University Police or a Residence Hall Advisor/Director. Victims also have the option of contacting Upper Saucon Police Department. Victims of off-campus sex offenses are strongly encouraged to report the incident to the appropriate local law enforcement agency by calling 911. If requested, institutional personnel will assist with notifying law enforcement.
If you are a victim of a sexual assault, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. If you are sexually assaulted, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention. The University Police can assist you in obtaining medical care. In order to preserve evidence, do not shower, douche, wash, use the toilet or change clothing. Prompt reporting will assist police in collecting and preserving evidence. If you wish to pursue criminal charges, this evidence will later be used in prosecution.
A list of available counseling services and medical treatment facilities is available at the DeSales University Counseling Center located in the McShea Student Center.
The Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley/Rape Crisis Center, an off-campus agency, can also offer assistance. They can be contacted by telephone at 610.437.6611.
Guidelines to follow after a rape or sexual assault:
- Get to a safe place as soon as you can.
- Try to preserve all physical evidence.
- Get medical attention as soon as possible.
- Contact the police.
- Talk with an advocate or counselor who will maintain confidentiality.
- Contact someone you trust to be with you.