Sexual exploitation refers to a situation in which a person takes non-consensual sexual or abusive sexual advantage of another person. This may include situations in which the conduct does not fall within the definitions of sexual assault or sexual misconduct. For Mercer University's definition of sexual exploitation, please review the Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Policy.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION:
- Go to a safe place.
- Contact someone who can help you. If you are in immediate danger call Mercer Police, a friend, or your Resident Assistant.
- Seek confidential support. Contact your campus counseling service M-F 8:30am-5:00pm or if after hours, contact Mercer Police to access a counselor on call.
- Develop a safety plan. Contact Mercer Police, the Title IX Coordinator, or the Dean of Students to assist you in developing a plan for your safety.
- Talk with an advocate. Mercer has identified several crisis centers and advocacy organizations in close proximity to each campus that can provide support over the phone or in person.
- Request a protective order, no contact order, or safe housing. Mercer Police, the Title IX Coordinator, or the Dean of Students can help explain this process to you.
- Academic Concerns. If you are having trouble attending classes or completing your academic assignments, papers, and/or exams, contact the Title IX Coordinator or Dean of Students.
- Contact the Title IX Coordinator to learn more about your options and resources.
- File a report with the Dean of Students, Title IX Coordinator, or Mercer Police.
REMEMBER SEXUAL EXPLOITATION IS NOT YOUR FAULT. HELP IS AVAILABLE.
Please visit the Who Can I Talk To? page for more information about confidential and private support and resources.