What you need to know about Sexual Violence...

What can YOU do?

Be Safe

Always be aware of YOUR personal safety! Learn some safety tips and risk reduction methods.

Be Alert

Watch out for your co-workers, students, acquaintances, friends, and family members, too. Bystanders can make a difference. Intervene safely when someone is at risk for being a victim of sexual violence and ask for help.

Be Vocal

Seek help when YOU and OTHERS are at risk. Call 9-1-1 for immediate intervention!

Be Engaged

Report suspicious behavior on campus. Call 423.677.7927 or go online by clicking:

Click to Report Behaviors of Concern 

 Pledge to SAVE! 

First, sexual violence happens to people of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, abilities, professions, incomes, and ethnicities.

Second, sexual violence is never the victim’s fault! 

Sexual violence occurs when someone is forced, coerced, or manipulated into unwanted sexual activity against his or her will or when a person is incapable to give consent due to being underage, having an illness or disability, or being incapacitated due to alcohol or other drugs. Consent can be initially given and then later withdrawn.  

Sexual Violence includes

Sexual Violence Statistics

  • 1 in 5 college women will become victims of completed or attempted rape. (Fisher, Cullen, & Turner, 2000)
  • One-half of all sexual violence crimes involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, the victim, or both.
  • Males can also be victims of sexual violence and may be even less likely to report. (Hart & Rennison, 2003)
  • Among college women, 9 of 10 victims of rape and sexual assault knew their offenders. (Fisher, Cullen, & Turner, 2000)
  • Rape is the most under reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are never reported.
  • Take a free sexual violence prevention assessment sponsored by eCHECKUP TO GO.

Sexual Assault

If you are a victim of sexual assault the VERY FIRST thing to do is get to a safe location and seek medical attention. The local Tri-Cities hospital emergency rooms (MSHA or Wellmont) have staffs trained to assist you. For example, the Johnson City Medical Center has SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurses to do a free forensic medical examination. Preserve evidence of the assault by not eating, drinking, smoking, urinating, bathing or showering, douching, brushing your teeth, or changing your clothes. Write down details of the assault to help you remember if and when you file a police report. You may elect to have an exam using a Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence kit whether or not you decide to pursue a criminal investigation, but you MUST get medical care as soon as possible. Second, seek the emotional support and legal resources you need.

1.800.656.HOPE (4673) 

Community Resources

Bristol Crisis Center


  • Advocates on call 24/7 who can meet you at the hospital or police department
  • Short-term crisis intervention services to help you start the recovery process
  • Court accompaniment and orientation to ease navigating the criminal justice system
  • 276.466.2312 or 1.866.953.0484 Crisis Hotlines 

Domestic Violence Shelters by County


Domestic violence shelters provide food and shelter, counseling, advocacy, and assistance to locate permanent housing and secure employment when needed. Women and children can stay for one night up to 30 days. Shelters are in an undisclosed location in order to protect the safety of residents. Women who have transportation may meet the shelter staff in a public place or may be transported to the shelter by the police. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or 1.800.787.3224 (TTY).

Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee


Serving the Upper East Tennessee counties of Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington with free advocacy and therapy services. Advocates work to ensure that survivors' legal rights are protected. Therapists specialize in treating female, male, and LGBTQ victims of all ages. Call 423.202.6427 for more information. A 24/7 Crisis Hotline is available at 865.522.7273. 

Campus Resources

Northeast State Police Department


Northeast State’s Campus Police are here to help! Officers can walk students to and from class when concerned about their safety, transport students to a place of safety (such as a shelter or safe residence), provide information on how to obtain an Order of Protection, and transport students to a local law enforcement agency when a victim of sexual violence wants to pursue an arrest warrant against the alleged assailant. Call 423.677.7927 (emergency cell) for more information.

Counseling Services


A professional master's level counselor is available to help students receive the emotional support and care they need when they have been the victims of sexual assault. A counselor will also help link students to community resources when needed. Take the first step, call 423.323.0211.

Health Services


A registered nurse will provide support and, when appropriate, assist with referrals to medical and community support resources. Call 423.323.0212 for more information.

Equity & Compliance


Sexual violence is also treated as sexual harassment under federal guidelines at colleges and universities. [NeSCC Policy 01:12:00 - Safe Campus] For more information, call 423.354.5255. A Campus Prevention Advocate is available for confidential reporting and referral services at 423.354.5296 or campusadvocate@NortheastState.edu.   

Click for Safe Areas  Safe Areas are campus offices that provide victims of violent acts a safe and private environment in which to seek assistance. Northeast State encourages all students and employees to report incidents of Sexual Violence. Offices designated as Safe Areas at each teaching site have the Safe Northeast Safe Area logo prominently displayed. Visit www.NortheastState.edu/safeareas for campus locations or scan the quick response (QR) code to send the page to your mobile device.

Safe Areas QR Code 

If you are reading this document and are unsure of your safety, take a moment to pull up another Internet screen so that you can exit this document quickly and appear to be browsing your alternate screen. Before visiting any site with sexual violence or domestic violence as a clear topic, be aware that computer history can be tracked and cannot be completely erased. Ensure you are using a safe computer!