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Reporting an Incident of Sexual Violence

If you are a survivor of an act of sexual misconduct, you have control over what happens next. As a survivor you can choose if, when, and to whom you report an incident of sexual misconduct. There is a wide array of responses, from a conversation with a SARA to a full investigation by the Portland Police Bureau, that a survivor can activate with the help of the College. The entirety of the Lewis & Clark Sexual Assault Response Network is in place to help you in reaching recovery and justice, no matter what form that process may take. The specifics of each level of response are outlined below:

Contacting a Sexual Assault Response Advocate

  • A conversation with a SARA is confidential and any documentation will be kept secure by the SARA and/or the SARN Coordinator.  SARAs are not obligated to report to the Title IX Coordinator. 
  • Speaking with a SARA does not constitute an official report to the college.  However, for the purposes of data collection, the incident will be included, without any identifying information, in the annual Crime Awareness, Security, and Fire Safety Report.

Report to the College

  • If a survivor wishes to pursue disciplinary action through the College, a SARA or other member of the Sexual Assault Response Network will direct them to meet with the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities or a Title IX Coordinator.
  • Reports can also be made through an online system. In this system, survivors or witnesses can choose to remain anonymous by not including their name in the report.  If the reporter chooses to identify themselves, a Title IX Coordinator will reach out to them.
  • The Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities or a Title IX Coordinator will outline the investigation and hearing process.  If the survivor decides to make a charge, a written or recorded statement of the survivor’s account of the incident will be taken.
  • The Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities may also assist with any housing or academic changes the survivor wishes to initiate. These interactions are voluntary and confidential, and a SARA may accompany the survivor to these meetings.

Report to Portland Police Bureau

  • Campus Safety officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will initiate an investigation into an act of sexual misconduct solely at the request of the survivor.
  • At the discretion of the survivor, Campus Safety may assist in filing a report with the Portland Police Bureau. 
  • If survivors would like to contact the police directly, they should file a report in the jurisdiction where the incident occurred.  In an emergency situation, please call 911.  The Portland Police Bureau may also be contacted 24-hours a day through their non-emergency number: 503-823-3333.
  • The Portland Police Bureau is required by law to maintain the confidentiality of all survivors of sexual assault and rape. The survivor may request that the Portland Police Bureau investigate the crime and gather evidence at the time of the incident.  If it has been some time since the incident, evidence may be harder to obtain.
  • The survivor may request that the Police Bureau not investigate the crime itself, but rather maintain the information of the crime and its particulars in its regular reservoir of crime data. A SARA, or other community advocate may remain with the survivor during all interactions with the Police Bureau.
  • A Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) can be an integral piece of evidence in a case involving sexual offenses. A SARA can explain the SAFE procedure and help you obtain the exam if you choose.

Overview of criminal justice procedure