Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is defined as any unwanted sexual activity forced by one person on another, including, but not limited to: stranger rape, forced sodomy, acquaintance rape, date rape, marital rape, gang rape, child sexual abuse, and incest.

Molloy College is committed to a learning, working and living environment where all members of the community feel safe and respected. In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, as amended by the Violence Against Women Act/Campus Sexual Violence Act, and Article 129-B of the New York State Education Law, the College is committed to providing a safe community, free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct. In accordance with Title IX, the College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment and sexual violence.

The College will not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct. Sexual harassment and sexual violence, including the offenses of rape, sexual assault, sexual coercion, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking are all forms of sexual misconduct and are strictly prohibited by the College.  

Sexual misconduct can occur between strangers, acquaintances, or people who know each other well, including those who are involved in an intimate or sexual relationship, and can be committed by anyone regardless of sex, gender, or gender identity.

The College's Policy on Sexual Misconduct is located here: Non Discrimination and Harassment Policies / Sexual Misconduct Policy. A copy of the College's Policy on Sexual Misconduct is also attached to the Handbook as Appendix A.

Any community member who believes that he or she has been the victim of sexual misconduct is encouraged to report it immediately. The College has designated the following individuals to receive complaints of sexual misconduct:

Lisa Miller Assistant Vice President for Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator
1000 Hempstead Avenue
Kellenberg Hall, Room K-112
Rockville Centre, New York 11571
Phone: 516.323.3046
Email: lmiller@molloy.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinators:

  • Brendan Caputo, 323-3458
  • Michael Grasso, 323-3602
  • Marion Flomenhaft, 323-3023    

What to do if you are raped or sexually assaulted 
If the assault occurred in the last 72 hours:

  • Go to a safe place
  • Call someone you trust to be with you and give you support
  • Preserve all physical evidence of the assault. Do not shower, bathe, douche, or brush your teeth
  • Save all the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault in a paper bag
  • If the assault took place in your room, do not rearrange and/or clean up anything
  • If you live in the residence halls, contact your RA or RD
  • If you want to report the assault to school officials or to the police, the residence hall director-on-duty will help you with that process
  • If you wish to have a rape kit done as well as be seen medically, go to an area hospital. Request to have a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE Nurse) conduct the rape kit process. You can have a rape kit completed without reporting the incident to law enforcement
  • You can contact the Safe Center of Long Island Crisis hotline 516.542.0404. They will have staff readily available who can guide you and support you through this process

If the assault occurred previous to the last 72 hours:

  • Talk to your RA or RD about what happened
  • Make an appointment at the Student Personal Counseling Center, SPCC 516.323.3484, to get support and talk about options
  • You can contact the Safe Center of Long Island Crisis hotline for help 516.542.0404.

How to help a friend who has been sexually assaulted

  • Listen to her/his story §  Provide comfort
  • Let your friend know that you don't think she/he was at fault
  • Let your friend know that you want to make sure he/she is safe
  • Help your friend to organize her/his thoughts but do not make decisions for them
  • If you are struggling with anger, talk to someone else about it
  • Suggest that your friend contacts professionals, like the Student Personal Counseling Center or The Safe Center Long Island crisis hotline 516.542.0404

For Faculty/Staff
If a person reports to you that they have been sexually assaulted, what do you do?

  • Offer your non-judgmental support.
  • Ask them questions like "What can I do for you that would help?"
  • Stress the importance of contacting professionals for help, i.e. law enforcement/public safety, the Student Personal Counseling Center or The Safe Center Long Island crisis hotline 516.542,0404
  • DO NOT tell them that you promise you will keep this information confidential. Depending on the circumstances of the assault, you may need to contact Public Safety or the Student Personal Counseling Center about what happened. Explain this up front to the student. If they desire a confidential conversation, encourage them to go to the Student Personal Counseling Center.

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