Reporting Sexual Offenses
you are a victim of a sexual assault at UAA, your first priority should be to
get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment.
The Dean of Students Office, Office of Campus Diversity & Compliance and
the University Police Department strongly advocate that a victim of sexual
assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for
evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to
a University Police officer and/or to the Dean of Students Office. Filing a
police report with a University Police officer will not obligate the victim to
prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions
from officers. Filing a police report will:
Sexual Assault Response Team
Law Enforcement: If the assault occurred on the Anchorage campus, the law enforcement member of the team would be the detective from the University Police Department. If the assault occurred off campus, either an Alaska State Trooper or Anchorage Police Department Officer would serve as the law enforcement representative. This member of the team takes the survivor's statement and does the investigation.
Nurse Examiner: This is a specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (sometimes referred to as a SANE) who serves as the medical component of the team. The nurse gathers the forensic evidence, asks necessary medical questions and attends to any medical needs that are present. The nurse examiner is from a local hospital.
STAR Advocate: The Advocate's role is solely to support the survivor. The Advocate can be present during both questioning and evidence collection. The survivor dictates to what degree the Advocate provides support, from asking the Advocate to leave to having the Advocate be present for the entire process.
The three members of SART come together at the same time. The survivor tells her or his story once, keeping further feelings of victimization to a minimum. In Anchorage, SART conducts medical examinations through Forensic Nursing Services of Providence Hospital.
Disposition of Sexual Assaults