If you've been raped, it's not your fault. Get the help and support you need.
- Preserve evidence. If possible, do not shower, bathe, douche, brush your teeth, or throw away any clothing that might contain evidence of the assault. Save articles of clothing, bedding etc. in separate paper bags and bring them to the hospital or give them to the police. (Try not to use plastic bags as they can damage evidence.) Do not disturb anything in the area in which the assault occurred.
- Get support. You deserve to have all resources available to you. Contact someone who can help you consider options, obtain medical care, and support you. On and off-campus resources are listed here.
- Go to the hospital emergency department for treatment of injuries, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases—including HIV—and pregnancy, and crisis intervention and emotional support services.
- Physical evidence for medical and legal services can also be collected at this time. A toxicology kit can be completed that may be able to detect “rape drugs.” If you want evidence collected, you must go to the emergency department within 5 days.
- You may seek medical care without reporting the crime to the police.
- Decide if, how, and when to report the assault. There are a number of mechanisms on campus for reporting a sexual assault, all of which are described in detail in the Student Handbook. In all cases, the survivor of the assault will decide, if, how, and when s/he will report the assault.