During your time at Yale, someone may disclose an experience of sexual misconduct to you or share that they may have engaged in or been accused of engaging in sexual misconduct. Below are some resources and tips to help you support them.
- Prioritize listening to them and hearing about their experience.
- You may direct your friend to resources that provide counseling and emotional support, including the SHARE Center. Additionally, supporting a friend can be difficult, so you may also want to seek out these resources to receive support for yourself.
- For further resources on supporting a friend who discloses an instance of sexual misconduct, see the SHARE center’s “FAQs for Those Supporting Survivors.” Some SHARE services are also available to members of the Yale community who may be supporting others.
- For those who have engaged, in or been accused of engaging in, sexual misconduct behaviors, The SHARE Center also conducts the Conduct Awareness Training Program which is an active psychoeducation program that aims to provide educational information and opportunities for self-reflection in order to promote participants’ understanding and empathy related to sexual behavior, including an examination of broader relationship patterns and dynamics. Participants may be “self-referred” (i.e. voluntarily present for services on their own accord, possibly at the suggestion of a peer, staff member, etc.) or required to complete training after being found responsible for a violation of Yale’s sexual misconduct policy by the University Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct (UWC).
- You can also let your friend know about supportive measures, which are services aimed at restoring or preserving their access to Yale’s educational programs or activities. Examples of supportive measures include academic and housing accommodations. Supportive measures can be accessed through a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.