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What to do if you are raped or sexually assaulted

 

GET TO A SAFE PLACE AS SOON AS YOU CAN.

 

TRY TO PRESERVE ALL PHYSICAL EVIDENCE.
Do not wash, use the toilet, or change clothing, if you can avoid it. If you do change clothes, put all clothing you were wearing at the time of the attack in a paper bag, not plastic.

 

GET MEDICAL ATTENTION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
A medical examination will provide any necessary treatment and collect important evidence. Injuries may not be immediately apparent.

 

CONTACT UNIVERSITY OR LOCAL POLICE BY CALLING 911
On campus, a blue light emergency telephone will connect you directly with the University Police dispatcher.

 

TALK WITH COUNSELORS
Counselors, who will maintain confidentiality, help explain your options, give you information, and provide emotional support. On campus, you can call Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), at 289-8119. Whenever the CAPS office is closed, a University Counselor is on-call and may be reached through the University Police dispatcher (289-8715). The YWCA's 24-hour Crisis Hotline is 643-0888.

 

CALL A SEXUAL ASSAULT ADVISOR
The University has a specially trained group of professional staff members who are able to help you understand your options regarding medical attention, legal implications, and University disciplinary action if another student is involved. A complete list of these resources is available.

 

CONTACT SOMEONE YOU TRUST
This person could be a close friend or a resident assistant who will be with you and support you.

 

Past Abuse

Many individuals experience sexual assault and don't tell anyone about it at the time of the incident. If you were victimized weeks ago or even years ago, assistance is still available. Talking with someone now may help you cope better with abuse from the past, whether it was rape, child sexual abuse, incest or sexual harassment.

 

Male Victims

While most victims of sexual assault are women, some men are also victims. Male victims at the University of Richmond can receive the same services as women. Emotional support, options counseling, and medical treatment are available to assist all of those recovering from sexual assault.

 

 

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