What is the Sexual Assault Support Team?
The Sexual Assault Support Team (SAST) are volunteer members of the staff and faculty who are committed to sexual violence prevention and ending power-based personal violence who can offer you support, guidance, and referrals. They are willing to listen to your experience and provide you with the community and campus resources you may need in this difficult time.
Students can contact someone from the SAST to discuss an experience they are struggling with currently , or a situation they have struggled with in the past. Talking to a SAST member does not obligate you to file a report; however, as College employees, SAST members are required to share information with the Title IX coordinator. SAST members are also available to provide support for you if you have been accused of sexual misconduct. View SAST Member Profiles
If you would like to keep the details of your situation confidential, meaning those detailed will not be disclosed to the Title IX Coordinator, you should speak with one of the confidential resources listed on the Support Resources page.
What can I expect if I speak to a member of SAST?
Any student who seeks consultation will receive non-judgmental support. They are willing to listen to your experience and provide you with the community and campus resources you may need as you make a plan for your recovery. They may review campus sexual assault procedures, accompany you to meetings with police, administrators, or other appointments, and help ensure that you are getting the support you need in this difficult time.
If I speak with one of the SAST members, am I committing myself to taking a certain action?
No. The SAST member will provide each student with options for resolving their concern. The student might choose to do nothing. The member will support the student in whichever option they choose for resolution.
What kinds of situations can SAST help me to address?
SAST can help you address issues around acquaintance sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating/intimate partner violence, and stalking. For example:
- If you've been forced to have sexual contact by a date or an acquaintance without your consent.
- If your partner has been physically abusive.
- If you've been the target of unwelcome verbal or physical advances, persistent leers, or lewd comments.
- If you are not sure whether what happened to you constitutes sexual misconduct.
What if my concerns are about something that is not a recent occurrence?
Sometimes people have a delayed reaction to sexual misconduct. Please feel free to contact a SAST member even if the incident happened a while ago.
Can I contact SAST if I've been accused of sexual misconduct?
Yes. SAST is available to help clarify your understanding of sexual misconduct and to provide support, guidance, and appropriate referrals for those accused of sexual misconduct.
How do I reach a SAST member?
You can contact a member directly or talk to the Title IX Coordinator who could help connect you to an appropriate SAST member.