Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence
- Interpersonal Violence Prevention (Student Health and Wellness Programs website)
- Relationships and Communication
In case of emergency, call 911 or Campus Security (808) 974-7911.
Counseling Services is a confidential resource on campus. This means that we are not obligated to report cases of sexual assault or relationship violence to campus administration. We can support you in your healing, and offer choices so that you can make the best decisions for you. Student Medical Services is the other confidential resource on campus.
For more information about your right to be free of sexual misconduct on campus and for resources about reporting violations, please see the Title IX Office website.
If you have been sexually assaulted:
- Know the assault is not your fault and you are not alone.
- Go to a safe place, and reach out for help and support.
- On the Big Island, call the YWCA Sexual Assault 24 Hour Crisis Line: (808) 935-0677
- Oʻahu: (808) 524-7473
- Maui County: (Toll Free) 866-443-5702
- Kauaʻi: 808-245-4144
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) Online Hotline
- Seek medical attention.
- Learn about your options to report.
- Preserve evidence of the assault.
More about what to do if You're Sexually Assaulted including information about emergency contraception for females, medical care, and forensic examination.
The Title IX Office can provide assistance and interim measures for students whether or not they choose to report sexual assault, harassment, domestic/dating violence, or stalking.
People who experience sexual assault may experience:
- Feeling a loss of control.
- Feeling a sense of shock and disbelief, numbness and difficulty concentrating.
- A period of acting as if nothing happened (after the initial shock is over).
- Feeling fearful and unsafe.
- Flashbacks and/or nightmares.
If you or your friend has not experienced any of these, it does not mean there is something wrong with how you are healing from the assault. The feelings you experience are part of the healing process, and everyone experiences trauma and heals differently.
How to help a friend:
- Believe your friend. Don't judge.
- Allow him or her to make choices. Don't question.
- Expect a range of emotions.
- Be patient.
- Encourage him or her to get help, but know that only s/he can make that decision.
- Be a friend. If you see someone at risk, or witness abuse or assault, get help to intervene in a safe way.
- Self care is important. If you have experienced sexual violence, helping your friend may bring up difficult feelings. It may be time to take care of yourself by getting seeking help from the resources on this page.
Intimate Partner Violence
If you experience domestic or dating violence and are in crisis:
Go to a safe place and reach out for help and support.
Domestic Violence Action Center Helpline, (M-F, 8:30-4:30) (808) 531-3771 1-800-690-6200
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) TTY 1-800-787-3224
Response to Trauma and Counseling
Whether it was a one-time sexual assault or on-going stalking or domestic violence, violations to our basic right to safety and respect in relationships can be intense physical and emotional experiences. It can be hard to process and recover from these kinds of experiences on our own.
Survivors may find themselves experiencing some of these common reactions to trauma:
- Feelings of fear
- Feeling like you have lost control
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling guilty
- Feeling negative about yourself
- Problems in your relationships
- Avoiding memories, feelings, people, or places associated with your experience
In addition to counselors trained in trauma care at Counseling Services on campus, there are also therapists in the community who specialize in treating people who have experienced trauma.
- YWCA Sexual Assault Support Services Individual and Group Therapy
- Child and Family Services Sexual Abuse Treatment Services
- Child and Family Services Developing Options to Violence
- Please call 932-7465 to speak to a counselor about other community referrals
UH Hilo Resources
- Title IX Office
- UH Interim Policy and Procedure on Sex Discrimination and Gender-Based Violence
- Student Medical Services (808) 932-7369 (confidential resource)
- Counseling Services (808) 932-7465 (confidential resource)
- EEO/AA (Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action) Office (808) 932-7642
- UH Hilo Security (808) 974-7911 ; Silent Witness Report form
- UH Hilo Women's Center (808) 932-7381
Community and National Resources
- East Hawaiʻi Victim Assistance Unit 808-934-3306
- The Sex Abuse Treatment Center - Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children, Honolulu, HI. 24 Hour Hotline 808-524-7473
- Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)
- National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673
- General Community Resources
- Hawaiʻi Says No More - A collaboration of individuals, programs and organizations taking action to raise visibility, create awareness, encourage conversation and break the social stigma surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault in Hawaiʻi.
- Men of Strength - A UH Hilo organization designed to acknowledge, celebrate, encourage and honor the unique role and responsibility that men have to make a positive difference in their own lives and in the lives of their friends and families.
- Surviving in Numbers - A place where survivors have a voice.
- [RESPECT] campaign - It's all about consent. Video and information out of Oʻahu.
- About Stress
- Grief and Loss
- Stigma Reduction
- Alcohol and Substance Use
- Homesickness/ Adjustment
- Time Management
Links to halfofus.com's:
- Help a Friend
- Suicide Prevention
- Sexual Assault/ Relationship Violence
- General Self-help/ Resources
- Community Resources
- Self-Help Apps
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Counseling Services are free and confidential for all UH Hilo students. We welcome questions, comments and feedback about our website at email@example.com.