Sexual Harassment and Assault Resources


Image: Students walking on campus in the fall

This page is meant to connect students to resources that deal with sexual harassment and assault. This page will also walk you through the steps of filing a police report and who you can talk to on Hiram’s campus for help. Also included on this page are resources that talk about safe sex.

REPORTING A CASE OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT OR ASSAULT DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE FORCED TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION!

Asha Goodner: Hiram College First Reporter

Phone: 330.569.5419

Email: goodneral@hiram.edu

Hiram Police Department

Phone: 330.569.3236

Email: bgregory819@gmail.com

Address: 11617 Garfield Road, Hiram OH 44234

Actions Taken by Hiram:

Any professor or staff member should report a case to Asha Goodner. Asha has to report the case to the police, but does not have to include names. The only thing in the report would be what happened, where it happened and when it happened. Any further action is taken only if the student wishes to. Should the student wish to take up a case with the police, they would be directed there and action would be taken. Should a student wish to report the case as a Title IX violation, Asha would contact Martha Schettler and action would be taken from that point.

Services are free and confidential

Townhall II promotes the health, wellness and recovery of individuals and communities through prevention, education, advocacy, intervention, and treatment. All advocates are Safe Zone trained to ensure all survivors are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve, regardless of sexual orientation or gender.

There is a representative that comes to the Fisher All-Faith Chapel once a week, either Tuesday or Thursday, in the evenings.

Phone: 330.678.3006

Email: info@townhall2.com

Location: 155 North Water St, Kent, OH 44240

Hours:

  • Front Desk
    • Monday-Thursday 8-6, Friday 8-5
  • Emergency Walk-In
    • Monday-Friday 8-8
  • Counseling
    • Monday-Friday 8-8

Social Media: FacebookTwitter

SERVICES:

  • 24-hour Services
    • Crisis Helpline: 330.678.HELP (4357) or the Toll Free 1.866.449.8518
    • In-person support at the agency, a hospital, a courthouse, or a police station
    • Referrals to Safer Futures for legal advocacy
  • Crime Victim Counseling
    • Free confidential counseling provided by counselors experienced in working with victims suffering from trauma, anxiety, depression, and stress
  • Connect to Cope: Sexual Assault Support Group
    • The support group allows individuals a safe place to process and share their experiences with other survivors. For the safety of all participants, a phone interview with the program facilitator will be required to ensure the group is an appropriate fit.

Deborah Pineau: Title IX Coordinator

Phone: .330.569.6008

Email: pineaud@hiram.edu

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally-funded education program or activity. In addition to other educational areas, the law applies to sexual violence and harassment – students, faculty and staff are guaranteed a right to education in an environment free of sexual assault.

Sexual harassment is a form of unlawful discrimination and is defined to include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual Harassment may involve pressure from a person of any gender against a person of another or the same gender. Examples of sexual harassment include (but are not limited to):

  • sexual innuendos, comments, or remarks about an individual’s clothing, body, sexual activities or sexual orientation;
  • suggestive or insulting sounds or body motions or humor and jokes of a sexual nature;
  • offensive sexual flirting, sexual propositions, or other pressure for sexual intimacy;
  • implicit or explicit threats to engage in unwelcome acts of sexual nature;
  • sexually demeaning of suggestive photographs, cartoons, or graffiti, which create a hostile work or educational environment;
  • graphic commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess or presumed sexual deficiencies;
  • derogatory or demeaning comments directed to one’s gender;
  • derogatory or demeaning comments about one’s sexual orientation.

Sexual harassment is any behavior, comment, gesture, or contact of a sexual nature that could be considered objectionable or offensive. It can embarrass or hurt. It is a form of discrimination that often starts with subtle comments or actions and may escalate to sexual misconduct and assault. It can be an isolated incident or be many incidents over a period of time. It can affect someone’s school or job performance, self-esteem, sense of safety, and cause emotional and health issues.

AT HIRAM
  • Students who feel they have been the victim of sexual harassment from another student should contact the Dean of Student’s Office, Residential Education, or Campus Safety and discuss the options of filing a report. Alleged violators of the sexual harassment policy will be sent through the judicial process and may face disciplinary action.
  • Students who feel they have been the victim of sexual harassment from a faculty or staff member should contact the Executive Director of Human Resources, who will investigate and adjudicate any harassment or sexual misconduct complaints involving faculty and staff behavior.
  • When sexual misconduct occurs, the College sees the health and wellbeing of the victim(s) as the immediate and primary concern. Since time is crucially important in situations like this, the College educates and encourages any employee who finds themselves in this situation to report the incident as soon as possible to the Executive Director of Human Resources.
  • If the victim, witness, friend, or family member is reporting an incident after normal business hours, please notify any Campus Safety Officer (330.469.4119 or x6107 on campus). This staff member will put you in direct contact with the Executive Director of Human Resources as soon as possible.

I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault: This is a Tumblr blog started in 2014 by a group of people from a Facebook group. It started because this group of people realized how important it is to hear the stories of other people who victimized, scared, confused, ashamed, alone, defeated, empowered, defiant, and triumphant, especially for those people who are younger and may be going through similar experiences.

Project Unbreakable: Created in 2011, this Tumblr blog’s goal is to share the words victims of sexual assault heard from their attackers. It does this by featuring survivors holding posters with the quotes on them. You can follow the #projectunbreakable on social media to see some of the things people have shared.

Scarlet Teen, Sexual Health and Sexuality siteScarleteen is an independent, feminist, grassroots sexuality and relationships education media and support organization and website. Founded in 1998, as of 2020, Scarleteen.com is visited by over five million diverse people each year — several thousand of whom we speak with directly in our direct services and in-person outreach — most between the ages of 15 and 30. It is often the most popular and most widely used site specifically providing sex and relationships information and support for young people worldwide and has been so through most of its tenure. Text206.866,2279

Bella Woman’s Center: If you think you might be pregnant and don’t know what to do next, we can help. We offer the pregnancy services and resources you need, completely free of charge. Our helpful team at Bella will give you trustworthy information about your options. We also provide education so you can make an informed decision about what is best for you. Call or Text 330.993.0604

Address: 1192 North Rd NE, Warren OH, 44483

Love is Respect: Love is respect’s purpose is to engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships. Call 1.886.331.9474

Men Stopping ViolenceMen Stopping Violence is a 37- year-old organization that focuses on ending gender-based violence by educating and organizing men in a call to action to be a part of the solution. Through our partnership with men, we are building knowledge on the issue, continuously building an understanding of the subject as it continues to evolve, lead critical societal conversations and create change agents of the participants in our program.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: We answer the call to support and shift power back to those affected by relationship abuse. Call 1.800.799.7233 or Text LOVEIS to 22522

Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. Call 1.800.230.7526 or Text PPNOW to 774636

Closest Office: 138 E Main St. 2nd floor, Kent, OH 44240

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network): RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. Call 800.656.4673 (HOPE)

SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Program:

Hillcrest Hospital: 6780 Mayfield Rd W1-421, Mayfield Heights, OH 44124. 440.312.7890

Akron General PATH Program: 1 Akron General Ave, Akron, OH 44307. 330.344.1148 (PATH)