Help Someone Else

If someone you know within the Ohio State community has experienced sexual misconduct, we can help you help them. Sometimes the most valuable advice comes from someone the individual already trusts. Whether you're a friend, roommate, colleage, parent, or concerned member of our faculty or staff, we can point you to resources that you can share, as well as provide support for you through the process.

1. Listen

2. Refer

3. Report, as required

All Ohio State employees, including student employees, are required to report incidents of sexual assault immediately, including all known details of the incident (name, date, time, location). Other employees (faculty, chairs/directors, supervisors, HR personnel) are required to report all other sexual misconduct within 5 days. University employees working under a license providing privilege may be exempt from reporting requirements. For more information about the duty to report, see the Sexual Misconduct Policy.

See our handout for faculty and staff with reporting procedures and a list of resources.

Do's and Don'ts

While you are not expected to act as a counselor, when you are with someone who has experienced sexual misconduct, you should be aware that the supportiveness of your response can be critical in the healing process. Though there is no one "right" way to respond, the following may serve as a guide identifying more or less helpful responses:

Do

Don't