Sexual Assault FAQ’s

What happens when a person who has been engaging in underage drinking reports a sexual assault?
Keene State College’s primary concern is the health and safety of its students.  When conducting an investigation of an alleged sexual assault, the College’s focus will be on addressing the sexual assault and not on lesser policy violations that may be discovered or disclosed.  The College may, however, provide referrals to counseling or require other educational options.

What happens when the sexual assault happens off-campus?  Who do I report this to?
Campus Safety will take any report of a sexual assault, even if the assault occurred off campus.  While Keene Police Department has primary jurisdiction, some students may feel a greater sense of comfort reporting to a campus department.  If the student does not wish to make a report with KPD, a report that does not identify the victim will be made on the student’s behalf by Campus Safety to notify them that an assault has occurred.

Reporting a Sexual Offense:

What do I do if the sexual assault happened last week?  Last month?  Last semester?  Longer ago?
Report as soon as possible even if some time has passed.  While timely reporting increases the likelihood of obtaining more accurate information during an investigation, reporting at any time will ensure that you receive information on available support services.  For a victim considering criminal charges, the legal statute of limitations for reporting a sexual assault in New Hampshire is three years from the time of the assault until the time someone is charged.

Resources for Support:

What if I have a relationship with the person who assaulted me?
It is never okay to force, threaten or coerce someone into having sex against his/her will, even if they are in a relationship or are married.

What happens if someone falsely reports a sexual assault?
False reports of sexual assault are extremely rare estimated at less than 2% of all reports.  If an allegation of sexual assault moves forward to a student conduct hearing and/or a legal proceeding, and the accused party is found not responsible or not guilty, this does not necessarily mean the assault did not occur, it merely indicates that the burden of proof was not met.