If You Are a Student Who Has Experienced Sexual Misconduct, Dating Violence, Stalking, or Harassment
Call 9-1-1 or the IPS Department (317-226-4644) If you are in danger or need immediate medical care.
If you have experienced sexual misconduct, dating violence, stalking, or harassment, it is important to talk to an adult that you trust. This could be a family member, teacher, social worker, or anyone else you feel comfortable with. If this behavior is affecting your education or an educational activity please report it to IPS so we can help.
By going to the hospital you can receive a forensic medical exam (often referred to as a “rape kit”) which will help in the collection and preservation of physical evidence as a result of the assault. Many hospitals throughout the state have nurses who are specially trained to provide care and administer the Forensic Medical Exam. You can call a hospital to see if it has a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) available. Indiana has a number of hospitals with specialized programs within them called The Center of Hope. The Center of Hope is dedicated to caring for victims of sexual assault and family violence.
Harassment & Stalking
Teen dating harassment or stalking can take place in person or electronically, such as repeated texting or posting sexual pictures of a partner online without consent. Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship—but these behaviors can become abusive and develop into serious forms of violence. Many teens do not report these behaviors because they are afraid to tell family and friends. It is important to tell someone you trust so that you can get help.
It is also important to get continued help if you have experienced sexual misconduct or dating violence. IPS can connect you with a youth advocate and/or counselor to guide you and provide information and emotional support. Counseling can help begin the healing process. Your school can help put measures in place to protect you such as class schedule changes, locker reassignments, no contact orders, bus assignment changes, and more.
If You Are a Student Who Has Been Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Dating Violence, Stalking, or Harassment
If you or someone you know is accused of sexual misconduct, dating violence, or stalking, IPS has resources available for you. It is normal to feel worried, confused, or overwhelmed. It is important to seek out support to help you, especially in cases of a formal investigation by IPS, the Department of Child Protective Services, and/or the police. Please contact an adult you trust at school such as a social worker, counselor, or principal. They can help you through the process.
Understanding the Consequences
It is also important to understand IPS policy and procedure, which can be found here. In this policy, you can find definitions of sexual misconduct, dating violence, stalking, and consent. You can also find information regarding the investigation process and further resources.