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Title IX Coordinator:
Amy Porter
Cressman Library 318
610-606-4666 x4588

I Don’t Know What to Do

If you have experienced sexual misconduct or think you have, help is available. This is not your fault and there are resources available both on and off campus to help you.

What is Sexual Misconduct?

Anyone can be a victim regardless of their gender, age, or sexual orientation. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following prohibited behaviors:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Stalking
  • Dating Violence
  • Domestic Violence
  • Retaliation

Steps to Consider

Seek medical attention: We strongly advice that an individual who experiences an act of sexual misconduct follow through with seeking medical attention. Seeking medical attention does not mean that you will follow through with reporting, but rather allows you to get the attention you may need. If you wish to seek post-assault forensic evidence collection, Health Services can help you locate a medical provider who offers this service. Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke’s Hospitals have SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) nurses within their staff.

Seek support: While you may feel uncomfortable sharing your story with someone else, seeking support is highly recommended. There are resources available on campus and in the local community to help during this difficult time.

While you may not be ready to share your experience or use the above resources, please remember that seeking support is an important part of the healing process. You may consider reaching out to a trusted friend or family member if professional support is not attained. If you do not feel comfortable sharing with individuals on campus- please consider contacting one of our community resources.

Possible Reactions

Incidents of sexual misconduct are unwarranted, traumatic, and can alter academic and social progress. During this difficult time, you may be experiencing a variety of emotions. Many survivors experience fear, anxiety, depression, and self-blame. These emotions can be exhibited both emotionally and/or physically. Difficulty sleeping and concentrating, social withdraw, nightmares, and flashbacks are all common responses. If you are experiencing and of these reactions, you are not alone.