We can provide immediate crisis counseling, short-term therapy, help with referrals, and linkage to campus and community resources.
Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Consent has to be clearly and freely given and the absence of "no" is not consent. Silence, passivity, or a lack of active resistance does not imply consent. Consent cannot be obtained by intimidation, threat, coercion, force, or when the assailant knows or has reason to know that the survivor is mentally incapacitated (temporarily incapable of appraising or controlling their conduct due to influence of narcotics, alcohol, or some other condition), or when the survivor is physically helpless (unconscious, asleep, or for any other reason physically unable to communicate unwillingness). Consent can be revoked at any time.
See the GVSU Interim Sexual Assault Policy for more information.
The survivor may not want to press charges or get counseling. The YWCA Sexual Assault program or the Center for Women in Transition in Holland can check for physical injury, discuss STD prevention, emergency contraception, and collection of evidence in case the survivor changes their mind at a later date about reporting. These agencies also have staff who can discuss options and other services that are available.
Reporting Incidents to University Title IX Coordinator
Title IX Coordinator
Reporting Incidents to Law Enforcement:
Grand Valley Police Department (Allendale): 616-331-3255
Pew Campus Security (Grand Rapids): 616-331-6677