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prevent you from asking intrusive or judgmental questions
(e.g., “Why did you trust him?” or “Couldn’t you scream?”)
and convey a sense of support to the student. Most
victimized students want to stay on track academically and
will appreciate the opportunity to complete coursework in a
fair yet flexible way. If you make alternate arrangements
with a student to complete coursework, put the timeline and
required work in writing. Students dealing with trauma may
not be able to fully grasp details when they are discussed; a
written agreement with coursework expectations is helpful.
Resources:
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network,
rainn.org
The Courage to Heal—Third Edition: A Guide for Women
Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
. Davis, Laura and Ellen Bass.
1994.
The Courage to Heal Workbook: A Guide for Women and Men
Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
. Davis, Laura. 1990.
Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Was Sexually
Abused as a Child
. Davis, Laura. 1991.
THE STUDENT WHO HAS EXPERIENCED A BIAS/HATE
CRIME OR BIAS INCIDENT
Your institution should have specific policies and programs to
help you immediately address concerns related to bias or
hate crimes and bias incidents. Be sure to familiarize yourself
with these policies and programs and know who to call in the
event that a student reports such an incident to you.