What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is any involuntary sexual act in which a person is threatened, coerced, bribed, pressured, tricked, or forced to engage against their will, or any sexual touching of a person who has not consented. For more information look at your Student Handbook under sexual misconduct which can be found online here.
- Sexual assault is a crime.
- The majority of sexual assaults happen between people who know each other (family, friends, intimate partners etc.).
NOTE: At any time if you are unsure how to proceed or want to talk confidentially to a professional, you may contact C-N’s Counseling Center (if after hours call Department of Public Safety at 865-548-9067 and they will call the counselors) or the 24/7 Sexual Assault Crisis Center of East Tennessee hotline at 865-522-7273 or TTY (865) 227-1467. If you are not in the Knoxville area, call RAINN to find your local sexual assault crisis center at 1-800-656-4673
What to do after an assault:
- Do NOT shower, bathe, douche, use the restroom, have a drink or brush your hair and/or teeth. Place all of your clothes into a brown bag (not a plastic bag). It is important to preserve evidence, even if you don’t want to report a crime. If you have already done these things it is okay. It doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen or that nobody will believe you.
- Go to a safe place
- Tell someone you trust who can provide emotional support and objectively help you make a plan for your next step. If you don’t know who to call consider one of these confidential options: Counseling Services, Health Services and/or a campus minister (if after hours call Public Safety to contact them), or the Sexual Assault Crisis Center of East Tennessee. Please note: Other university employees cannot guarantee strict confidentiality.
- You may seek medical care either at a local ER or the Safe Center in Knoxville. If you would like to have evidence collected (even if you aren’t sure about pressing charges), we recommend having a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) examine you. A SANE nurse is a nurse who has undergone specific training in collecting evidence for sexual assault cases. SANE nurses are always available at the Safe Center and at some hospital emergency departments.
- Schedule an appointment with a counselor at the Counseling Center or at the Sexual Assault Crisis Center of East Tennessee. Both places offer free and confidential counseling to survivors of sexual assault. Either of these places can also offer you other community resources for support and/or counseling.
- Emergency: 911
- C-N Public Safety: 24/7 cell (865) 548-9067; back up cell (865) 389-9280
- LiveSafe App
- C-N Counseling Center: (865) 471-3350 or call Safety & Security to get a counselor
- C-N Health Services: (865) 471-3350
- C-N Dean of Students: (865) 471-3238
- Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee: 24/7 phone line (865) 522-7273
- Sexual Assault Center TTY phone (865) 227-1467
- RAINN hotline: 1-800-656-4673 it will route you to your local Sexual Assault Crisis Center.
Reporting the Incident
You can decide whether or not to report an assault to law enforcement and file criminal charges. It is your decision to report an assault and there are no easy answers; this is a personal and individual choice. The university strongly encourages individuals to report sexual assault to appropriate officials because it is the only way that action can be taken against an alleged violator of law and university policy. The Director of Safety and Security is notified as soon as a sex offense is reported. The director, in turn, will notify the appropriate college administrators. See Eagle Eye for more information on reporting the incident.
We encourage you to report the incident to any of the following:
Director of Safety and Security: (865) 471-3237 or 24/7 cell (865) 548-9067
Dean of Students: (865) 471-3238
University’s Title IX Coordinator: You may report any incident related to sexual misconduct including harassment specifically to the University’s Title IX coordinator, Elaine W. Smith at 865-471-7164.
Other Information & Tips
Click here to view C-N's Eagle Eye Security Guide "Sexual Offense Procedures" (starts on bottom of page 8)
Click here to visit the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee’s (SACET) website
Click here to visit RAINN's website