Immediately After an Assault

What should I do after a sexual assault?

  • Get to a safe place as soon as you can.

  • Talk with an advocate or counselor who can give you confidential information about your options and provide emotional support.

  • You may decide to call the police. You can call 9-1-1 or the campus police department, if you have one. If you are calling from a cell phone, let the 9-1-1 operator know if the assault happened on campus and they can route you to the campus police department.

  • Get medical attention as soon as possible to get medical care for any physical injuries. If you want an examination to collect evidence, the examination must be performed within 96 hours after the assault. You can also get emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy, and medicine to help prevent sexually transmitted infections. If you have called the police, they may be able to help you arrange for transport to the hospital.

  • You can go to the hospital without deciding to report the sexual assault to the police.