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Sexual Misconduct

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Self Help and Support Resources

If you, or someone you know, has experienced sexual misconduct please consider the following information as a means to recovery.  Below are sections for survivors, friends, and faculty and staff.

Whether you are a survivor or helping a survivor remember the following things:

  • Sexual assault is a crime of violence in which the assailant is motivated by a desire to humiliate and achieve power over the person who is assaulted. 93% of sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. (Safe Path, 2004)

  • Sexual assault usually occurs as a deliberate action by the perpetrator. It is not the fault of the person who has been assaulted. No one has the right to have sex against someone's will without their consent.

  • Most people who are sexually assaulted know the perpetrator. Because of this, the person who has been assaulted may not want to reveal the name of the assailant. Some feel comfortable reporting an incident of sexual assault, others do not. The person assaulted should take the steps they feel will best help them feel safe and heal.

  • Many assailants will attempt to lay blame and fault the person who was assaulted by saying these or other things: "You asked for it" or "You wanted it." In fact, how another person acts, what they say or what they wear is never justification for sexual assault.

If you need additional advice or someone to talk to, consider a friend or family member, in addition to the following members of the Viterbo and La Crosse community.  Be advised that all members of the Viterbo Community are required to report incidents of sexual misconduct, except for those listed as 'Confidential Viterbo Support Resources'.

Resources and Supports

Confidential Viterbo Support Resources:

Leslie Stugelmayer
Director of Counseling Services
4 Student Development Center608-796-3808
lastugelmayer@viterbo.edu
Sue Danielson
Director of Health Services
3 Student Development Center608-796-3806
scdanielson@viterbo.edu
Fr. Conrad Targonski
Director of Campus Ministry and University Chaplin
370 Murphy Center608-796-3904
catargonski@viterbo.edu

*These employees will report the incident of sexual misconduct, but will omit any identifying information.


Viterbo Employees Who Must Report Sexual Misconduct:

Lisa Josvai and Campus Security Officers
Director of Campus Security
5 Student Development Center

608-796-3911
lajosvai@viterbo.edu

Vickie Unferth
Director of Residence Life, Residence Life Staff and RA's
2 Marian Hall

608-796-3841
vlunferth@viterbo.edu

Kasie Von Haden
Director of Campus Activities and Campus Activities Staff  
 114 Marian Hall

608-796-3807
klvonhaden@viterbo.edu 

Diane Brimmer
Vice President for Student Development2 Student Development Center

608-796-3801
dlbrimmer@viterbo.edu

Sonya Ganther
Director of Human Resources
200 Murphy Center

608-796-3930
sdganther@viterbo.edu

Todd Ericson
Vice President for Finance and Administration
214 Murphy Center

608-796-3851
tmericson@viterbo.edu

Coaches and Athletics Staff
   
Faculty and Staff Who Advise Student Organizations   
   

*While not all faculty and staff are required to report sexual misconduct, everyone is encouraged to make a report to any of the contacts listed above.



Confidential Community Resources:

Mayo Franciscan Healthcare Safe Path608-392-7804
Mayo Franciscan Healthcare SANE Nurses
608-392-9720
Gundersen Sexual Assault Services
608-775-5950
Gundersen Sexual Abuse Counseling and Support Services
608-775-3845
Great Rivers 211 Information and Referral Hotline
Dial 211 or 1-800-362-8255
New Horizons Shelter for Battered Women608-791-2600


Information for Survivors:

Remember, that sexual  misconduct is not the fault of the survivor.  Try to be strong and active in your recovery.  You are not alone at Viterbo University and in the La Crosse community, please seek assistance as needed and try to make every effort to advocate for yourself as you move forward in the recovery process.

How To Help a Friend:

To help a friend who has been sexually assaulted, be supportive - not instructive.  Allow your friend or loved one to take their time in making their own decisions about how to handle the situation.  Remind them of their options, but try to avoid taking the decision making out of their hands.  Below are a few tips to be a strong support in a time of need.

Information for Faculty and Staff:

Faculty and staff who come in contact with a student who has been a victim of sexual assault should be gentle and concerned. Listen to the student and follow the procedures outlined in the 'Make a Report or File a Complaint' tab above.  Inform the student that for reporting purposes, names of victims are kept confidential, unless confidentiality could possibly place other students at risk for acts of sexual misconduct. 

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