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If you have experienced harassment, discrimination, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or other forms of sexual misconduct or think you may have experienced it, help is available. It is not your fault, and there are resources on campus and in the community to provide support and help you. You also have options for reporting the incident. You are not alone, and we at Findlay care.



Immediate Medical Concerns
If you are concerned about safety or need medical attention, call 911 or go to a local medical facility:

Cosiano Health Center
120 W. Foulke Ave.
419-434-4550
Academic Year Open Hours:
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday

Blanchard Valley Health System
Blanchard Valley Hospital; 1900 South Main Street, Findlay, 419-423-4500
Bluffton Hospital; 139 Garau Street, Bluffton, Ohio, (419) 358-9010
24 hours/7 days a week
*Blanchard Valley's Forensic Nurse Services offers sexual assault forensic exams (SAFE) through the Emergency Department.

Emergency Medical Services and Transport
911
24 hours/7 days a week

If there are no safety risks or serious injuries, it may be helpful for you to go to a safe place and contact a friend or family member you trust to stay with you.
Responses to Harassment and Discrimination
Harassment and discrimination of any kind can result in a host of reactions—some are immediate, some can be long term. The variety of reactions may depend on previous life experience, the context of the situation, the individuals involved, among many other factors. Some bias and discrimination might be tied to a singular, overt incident, while other forms can take place over long periods of time.

Individuals that face harassment and discrimination can experience fear, anger, self-blame, depression, and anxiety that can be exhibited emotionally, physically, mentally, and socially. All experiences and reactions are valid and no one is alone in experiencing any variety of these or other responses.
Responses to Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, or Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct
Sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or other forms of sexual misconduct of any kind can result in a host of reactions—some are immediate, some can be long term. The variety of reactions may depend on your previous life experience, the kind of force used, the relationship of the offender to you, among other factors. Most survivors experience levels of fear, anger, self-blame, depression, and anxiety that can be exhibited emotionally, physically, and even socially. Difficulty sleeping and concentrating, social withdrawal, nightmares, flashbacks, and emotional numbing are all common reactions to sexual misconduct. These reactions are all normal, and you are not alone in experiencing them.
Steps to Consider
You might want to consider the following options as you decide how to proceed.

Preserving Evidence

It is important to preserve physical evidence even if you do not yet know whether you want to report the harassment, discrimination, or assault or pursue filing a complaint. Evidence is best collected as soon as possible. If you were sexually assaulted, consider waiting to shower or bathe to avoid washing away important physical evidence. You can also preserve evidence by saving text messages, instant messages, and other communications that may be useful to investigators.

Seeking Medical Attention As Soon As Possible

If you go to an emergency department, the trained professionals can collect necessary physical evidence. Even if you do not opt for forensic evidence collection, health care professionals can treat injuries and take steps to address concerns of pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted diseases/infections.

Reporting Harassment and/or Discrimination

You have a choice whether to make a report, as well as to whom you wish to report. Refer to I Want to Report an Incident for more information.

Reporting the Sexual Misconduct

You have a choice whether to make a report, as well as to whom you wish to report. Refer to I Want to Report an Incident for more information.

Seeking Other Assistance and Support

You may want to seek confidential support from the organizations listed in the sidebar. For more information, see I Want to Talk to Someone or Resources for Students.
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​Support & Resources


Support and resources are available to individuals. To explore Support & Resources, please contact the Office of Equity & Title IX at 419-434-4739 or visit the webpage here.​



​Confidential Resources


Other Resources (on-campus)
Off -Campus Resources

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