How to Help
“I feel like I need to tell you something, but I don’t want you to tell anyone else.” Now what?
Report an incident online or contact the Title IX coordinator if you have questions.
A student is trusting you by sharing something important. It's up to you to help and to be worthy of their trust.
At times you may sense that someone is about to disclose private or sensitive information to you. This cue could come from body language, tone of voice, or timing of the conversation.
If someone chooses to share information with you, let them know you believe them. When someone discloses an incident of sexual harassment or misconduct, relationship violence (dating or domestic) relationship violence (dating or domestic), or stalking, let them know that you believe them.
Responses that convey belief and support:
- “I believe you.”
- “You are not alone.”
- “Thank you for trusting me.”
You may want to know more, but please don't ask anyone for more than what they share on their own.
If you are an employee, you may want to gently interrupt the person to explain that you will need to report what you hear. (See Information for Faculty and Staff for more details.)
Anyone can offer to help a person connect to campus resources such as the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Response (for students) or the Title IX Coordinator (for students or employees).
Need Advice? Ask.
If you have questions or concerns at any time, please contact Kelly Schrader, the Title IX Coordinator, at 360-867-5224 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.