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Sexual Assault and Rape

Sex Offender Public Information

Persons seeking to obtain sex offender registration information may go to the Monroe County Sheriff's Department (click on the NEIGHBORHOODS link and choose SEX OFFENDERS).

You may also obtain information on high risk (level 3) registered sex offenders by visiting the New York Department of Criminal Justice Services' Sex Offender Registry.

For more information, you can contact the NY DCJS Sex Offender Registry at (518) 457-6236.

Nazareth College is committed to educating the campus community about the common circumstances which can lead to sexual assault and rape, possible prevention strategies, and available victim support services. Concerned staff from the Campus Safety Department and Student Development area are instrumental in providing these important training programs and support services to the Nazareth College community. In dealing with sexual assault or rape on campus, Nazareth College strongly encourages the full prosecution of all local, state, and federal laws.

In New York State it is a crime to engage in sexual intercourse or "sexual contact" with any person without that person's consent. Sexual contact is commonly referred to as "inappropriate touching." State laws require that both individuals involved in sexual relations must give consent, and that neither individual be defined as having any "mental or physical incapacity" that would impair judgment.

In dealing with victims of a crime or violation, Nazareth College will offer all available support and referral services which may be appropriate. Victims may choose to report the incident to Campus Safety, Student Development, or Residential Life, to initiate any criminal and/or disciplinary action. Victims also have the option to receive personal support from other appropriate college resources such as the Counseling Center.
When selecting any of these options, victims can expect:

  • to be treated with respect
  • to have confidentiality maintained (within the bounds of the law and college policy)
  • to have college or criminal proceedings fully explained
  • to receive prompt relocation in campus housing, if desired, and
  • to receive referral information for support services.

If college disciplinary action is initiated, the victim can expect:

  • to be notified of all scheduled disciplinary proceedings
  • to have an advisor or support person present
  • to be informed of the general outcome of the hearing, and to receive college cooperation in using college procedures to deter harassment or retribution following a disciplinary action.

Suggestions on How to Avoid Acquaintance Rape

  • Know what you want sexually; set sexual limits; don't give mixed messages.
  • Trust your "gut feelings" about situations to avoid.
  • Be clear and responsible in your communications with others.
  • Be forceful, firm and assertive.
  • Be aware of nonverbal cues that can alert you to a problem.
  • In communicating your unwillingness to engage in an activity, reject the activity, not the person.
  • Remember that silence is not consent.
  • Don't assume the other person knows what you do or do not want.
  • Use the buddy system: Watch out for your friends.
  • Don't lose control. Alcohol and other drugs affect your judgment.
  • Avoid secluded places at the the beginning of relationships
  • Do not assume that if you are with a friend or an acquaintance nothing bad will happen.
  • Devise an action plan in advance for what you will do if confronted with a situation of possible acquaintance rape. Remove yourself from the situation at the first sign that you are feeling controlled or unsafe.
  • Become comfortable with the idea that you may have to be "rude," make noise, yell, etc., to remove yourself from a possible acquaintance rape situation. Do not worry about hurting the other person's feelings.

Suggestions Related to Date Rape Drugs

  • Never go to a bar, party, or social event alone.
  • Use the buddy system. Do not leave your friends.
  • Get your own drink.
  • Watch your drink being poured and do not leave it unattended.
  • Don't drink from a large, open container, like a punch bowl.
  • Don't drink anything that has an unusual taste, especially a salty taste.
  • Don't share drinks.
  • Warn others about high-risk situations.

Registered Sex Offenders

The Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act set the requirements for sexual offender registration and community notification. The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders, already required to register in a State, to provide notice of each institution of higher education in the State at which that person is employed, carriers on a vocation, or is a student. This registration is to be made available to law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction where the institutions of higher education are located. Institutions of higher education are required to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information, provided by the State concerning registered sex offenders, may be obtained. This will be a requirement within the institution's annual safety report, effective October 1, 2001.
The Act amends the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) to clarify that nothing in the Act can prohibit an educational institution from disclosing information provided to the institution concerning registered sex offenders.

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