Office of Victim Services
University Police Department
Sexual assault, intimate partner/dating violence, or stalking can leave you feeling confused, overwhelmed, and afraid.
is normal, and you do not have to face this alone.
variety of campus resources are available to you during these difficult times,
and you have rights as a student. Ball State’s policies and services apply to students
of any gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
information on this website will help you connect with caring and qualified
staff members who want to assist you, both immediately and over the long term.
What to Do after an
- Get away from the offender and go somewhere safe.
- Seek help, whether it is the police, a victim/survivor advocate, or someone else you trust. If you live in a residence hall, find a staff member to help you.
- If you believe you’ve been sexually assaulted, avoid bathing or washing your clothes. This helps preserve evidence.
- Keep any evidence you have, such as text messages or emails.
- Seek medical attention.
Understanding Relationship Abuse and Cyber Abuse
- Relationship abuse is complicated. It takes a lot of courage to recognize abuse and take action. Abuse can include behaviors such as physical harm, intimidation, manipulation, controlling behavior, threats, stalking, financial control, and damage to your property. Multiple abusive behaviors might occur at the same time, or over time.
- Seek help to understand your situation by contacting Victim Services, which is a confidential resource available, free of charge, to you. The Victim Advocate can talk with you about safety planning.
- If you are the friend of a person experiencing relationship abuse, begin by trying understand how complicated the situation might be and why people stay in the relationship. Do not judge the person, criticize, or make them feel guilty. Be supportive and offer to help them contact campus resources, such as Victim Services or the university Counseling Center.
- Online and social media forms of abuse are on the rise. Experts recommend: take screenshots of the threatening messages, block the sender, report the abuse to the social media platform headquarters, don't reply, and check your privacy settings. Contact a campus resource such as University Police or Victim Services.
What to Do Next
can report an incident. Some people you speak to
will keep your information confidential. Others will help and support you and may
initiate steps to investigate what happened. You also have several long-term services you
you witnessed an assault or know of one, there are ways you can help the