Alison Kiss from the Clery Center discusses confidential and mandated reporting, and how campuses can work with counselors to ensure victims get the help they need.
Many victim advocacy experts believe that college campuses should provide sexual assault victims with a confidential reporting option.
They say that not mandating all sexual assaults be reported to local police or campus public safety departments enables victims who want to remain unidentified to get the medical and psychological help they need to recover from their assault. It also enables campuses to better comply with the Clery Act by getting more accurate counts of the number of sexual assaults that occur in their communities.
As a corollary to this, many victim advocates believe mandating that all sexual assaults be reported to campus public safety or local police agencies discourages victims from coming forward.
In this interview with Campus Safety magazine at Campus Safety Conference East 2016, Clery Center for Security On Campus Executive Director Alison Kiss discusses confidential reporting, mandated reporting, Clery compliance and how campuses can work with local victim service centers, rape crisis centers and licensed counselors to ensure victims get the help they need.
At Campus Safety Conference West 2016, which will take place Aug. 9-10 in Long Beach, Calif., Laura Egan of the Clery Center will be conducting an in-depth Jeanne Clery Act Training Workshop. To register, for Campus Safety Conference West, visit www.CampusSafetyConference.com/West.