If You Have Been Assaulted

If You or Someone You Know Has Experienced Sexual Assault 

A person who has experienced an incident of sexual misconduct should seek help, support, and information immediately. There are many sources for information, assistance, and support. If you have experienced an incident of sexual misconduct you should consider the following immediate actions: 

Get to a safe place as quickly as possible. 
Individuals are encouraged to seek medical attention as soon as possible after an act of sexual misconduct. 

If you can, avoid showering, bathing, douching, urinating, or cleaning up in any way. This will prevent the loss of valuable evidence, though evidence can still be collected even if you do. Do not wash any clothes, towels, or sheets that may contain evidence. 

If you are considering reporting to law enforcement, preserve all evidence (clothing, debris, etc.) in a paper bag (not plastic). If you are certain you wish to report the incident, you may also deliver evidence to law enforcement directly. 

Don't blame yourself; this was not your fault. 

Please click here to file a complaint  

Tips for Reducing Sexual Assault  

  • Stay sober. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings. 
  • Walk in well lighted areas, avoid walking close to alleys, doorways, and bushes. 
  • Go to parties with friends and leave with friends. 
  • Keep your beverage with you and get your own refills. 
  • Don’t prop room or hall doors open in your resident hall and keep doors and windows locked whether living on or off-campus. 
  • Find out who is at the door before you open it. 
  • Limit mentioning your whereabouts on social media sites, i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. 
  • Always have your key in hand before approaching your car, look in your car before getting in and keep your doors locked. 
  • Remember, if a person is drunk he or she cannot legally give consent to sexual activity.