As a survivor of sexual violence, deciding whether or not to make a report is often a fraught process. Currently, two thirds of crimes involving sexual violence go unreported. Survivors who make a report often do so to prevent further crimes from being perpetrated by the offender and some have stated that reporting has helped them feel empowered. However, it is crucial to remember that there are many reasons why survivors might choose not to make a report. Ultimately, the choice to report belongs solely to the survivor.
If you are considering making a report of sexual violence, it is important to recognize that there are various reporting options available:
File a police report:
- Call 911
- File a report at your local police station
- Visit a medical center and inform a medical professional that you wish to make a report
- File an anonymous police report: Some police departments allow survivors to file reports anonymously while protecting their confidentiality and identity. If you might feel more comfortable reporting anonymously, we encourage you to call your local police department to see if this option is available.
File a report with your school:
- Make a report to your Title IX coordinator
- File an anonymous report: Many colleges across the nation are developing sexual violence reporting programs that allow survivors to file reports anonymously. If you might feel more comfortable reporting anonymously, we encourage you to talk to your Title IX coordinator about this option.
If you would like to learn more about your reporting options and the development of improved sexual assault reporting programs, please click on the links below: