If you have been sexually assaulted, go to a safe place away from the perpatrator. You may call Oxy Campus Safety (323.259.2599) for an escort around or to campus. Follow whichever of the following steps make most sense in your situation.
Get the support you need and deserve
- Know that what happened was not your fault. Ask a trusted friend to be with you if you want moral support.
- For free, confidential help 24/7 counselors on the following hotlines can help explain resources, reporting processes and options.:
- LA Rape and Battering Hotline (213.626.3393) Los Angeles area.
- National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.4637 or online.rainn.org) outside of Los Angeles/out of state.
Preserve all evidence
- Write down all the details you can recall about the attack and the perpetrator.
- A survivor should make every effort to preserve a perpatrors DNA. Therfore a survivor should try not to:1
- Bathe or shower, use the restroom, change clothes, comb hair, clean crime scene or move anything the perpetrator touched.
To report the attack to law enforcement dial 911
- Call 9.911 from on campus phones or (213.485.2563) for Oxy's local station.
- Counselors on the LA Rape and Battering Hotline (213.626.3393) or National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.4637 or online.rainn.org) can help explain reporting processes and options.
- Survivors can request a victim advocate for confidential support and to ensure his/her rights are respected during interviews with law enforcement.
Seek medical care as soon as possible
- Sexual violence may put survivors at risk for HIV, STI's (sexually transmitted infection) and pregnancy for women as well as physical injury. There are hospitals with SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) facilities located near Oxy where survivors can get a free medical exam and forensic evidence can be collected for later use if a survivor wishes to pursue a report in the future: Call ahead to ensure that support is available*
- LAPD officers can transport survivors to a SART facility (usually w/in 24 hrs of the incident) whether the survivor decides to make a police report or not.
- Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (SAFE) are most effective in gathering evidence within 72-96 hours of a sexual assault.
- Emmons Student Wellness Center cannot legally perform Forensic Exams but can do HIV, STI testing and distribute prophylaxis.
Recognize that healing from an attack takes time
- Give yourself the time you need and know that it is never too late to get help. RAINN provides information on common effects of sexual assault.
- Look to the Oxy Sexual Assault Resources and Support website for on and off campus resources for continued care and support.
- Emmons Counseling offers 10 free counseling sessions, unlimited group therapy for survivors of sexual assault (Survivors Circle), and references to off campus mental health professionals. The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life can also provide confidential support. Project SAFE can also connect survivors to resources and offer crisis intervention. The Dean of Students Office can work with survivors to address academic and housing concerns as well as discuss on campus reporting options.
It is never too late to get help. It is never too late to heal.
LA Rape and Battering Hotline: (213.626.3393)
National Sexual Assault Hotlines: (800.656.4637)
1DNA & Crime Victims: What Victims Need to Know. The National Center for Victims of Crime. 2008. http://www.ncvc.org/ncvc/main.aspx?dbID=DB_DNAResourceCenter240
RAINN 2012. Rape Abuse & Incest National Network 22 Oct. 2012 http://www.rainn.org/get-information/sexual-assault-recovery/tips-for-after-an-attack