OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

What to do if you are sexually assaulted

If Sexually Assaulted

  • Get to a safe place immediately.
  • Contact someone who can help you right now, such as a friend, family member, or an advocate. Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) has trained advocates available 24 hours a day to take calls, provide support, and extend their services to survivors of sexual assault or domestic violence. They can also assist survivors in finding other resources they may need. Call 541-754-0110 or 1-800-927-0197.
  • Consider seeking medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you do not want to report to the police, or if it has been a while since the assault, you may still benefit from medical attention. Medication to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections is available. You will have the option of completing a "SAFE kit" at the hospital within 84 hours to collect evidence in case you decide to report the assault at a later date. Partial evidence may also be collected within one week. You are encouraged to bring a change of clothing if you choose to have medical personnel collect evidence.
  • If you want to report the assault to the police or ask that evidence be collected at the hospital, do not shower, bathe, douche, wash your hands, brush you teeth, comb your hair, or use the toilet. Even though you may desperately want to clean yourself, you may destroy important evidence if you do so. If you have done any of the things mentioned, it is ok, it may still be possible to find evidence.
  • Consider finding emotional support for yourself from a professional counselor. Sexual Assault Support Services (541-737-7604) counselors have experience in trauma resolution and healing for survivors.

Sexual Assault/Harassment Amnesty Clause:

The university WILL NOT pursue any conduct violation against a survivor for substance use, including alcohol, at the time of sexual assault/harassment if the sexual assault/harassment is reported to Student Conduct and Community Standards or the Office of Equity and Inclusion.