Considering Your Options
If an act of sexual misconduct has been committed against you, especially an act of sexual violence, we strongly urge you to consider filing a complaint against the person(s) responsible. Criminal and even disciplinary hearings can be difficult, and there are no guarantees about the outcome, but most survivors end up feeling empowered by the process itself—demanding accountability can be a very powerful experience. Also, sexual aggression is rarely an isolated incident; by taking action, you may prevent others from being harmed.
On the other hand, the SHARE staff knows all too well the burdens that fall upon survivors. We are also fully supportive of the decision not to file a complaint. Like so many other aspects of healing, there is no one right answer. We aim to help you make the choices that are best for you.
If you do choose to file a complaint, you have a few different options. Depending upon your own goals and concerns, you may choose to take one or more of these forms of action. SHARE will help facilitate any action you wish to take; we can schedule and attend meetings, research specific questions, and generally support you through the process.
- Filing a criminal complaint with the Yale Police Department
- Filing a formal or informal complaint with the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct (for more information, please view the videos created by Yale CCEs and administrators titled “Supporting a Friend Through the Formal UWC Process”)
- Filing a complaint with a Title IX Coordinator
SHARE can help you weigh your options, but the final decisions is yours.