If you have been sexually assaulted, or have been affected by power-based violence, we are here to support and guide you. Know what has happened to you is not your fault regardless of what anyone says.
1. Get the support you need and deserve.
- Go to a safe space.
- You may call the OXY 24/7 Confidential Hotline (323. 341.4141) to get in touch with the OXY Survivor Advocate or you may call the Oxy Campus Safety (323.259.2599) for an escort around or to campus
- Know that what happened to you was not your fault. Ask a trusted friend or family member 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 (these are not OXY specific):
- LA Rape and Battering Hotline (213.626.3393) for the Los Angeles area.
- National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.4637 or online.rainn.org) outside of Los Angeles/out of state.
2. Preserve all evidence.
- Write down all the details you can recall about the incident(s), including smells you might remember, people, behaviors and location(s). Do not worry if you cannot remember, it is very normal for survivors not to remember details after an assault.
- Many survivors make an effort to preserve all possible evidence. Many survivors try not to:
- Bathe or shower, use the restroom, brush teeth, change clothes, comb hair, clean crime scene or move anything the perpetrator might have touched.
3. 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 unique hospitals for survivors called SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) facilities located near Oxy where survivors can get a free medical exam. At the SART facility, forensic evidence can be collected for later use if a survivor wishes to pursue a report in the future:
- Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center 1250 Sixteenth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (310.319.4000) map Transportation to and from locations can be coordinated by the Center. Please call ahead to schedule.
- San Gabriel Valley Medical Center 438 W. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776 (626.289.5454) map
- LAC-USC Medical Center (LAC-USC-VIP) 2010 Zonal Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033, (323.226.3961) map
- 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.
4. To report the incident 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 or the OXY Survivor Advocate for confidential support and to ensure his/her rights are respected during interviews with law enforcement.
5. Recognize that healing from sexual and power-based violence may take time. There are people here at OXY who support and encourage you.
- Give yourself the time you need and know that it is never too late to reach out. RAINN provides information on common effects of sexual assault.
- Look to the Oxy Sexual Assault Resources and Support 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 reach out. It is never too late to be empowered to heal.
RAINN 2012. Rape Abuse & Incest National Network 22 Oct. 2012 http://www.rainn.org/get-information/sexual-assault-recovery/tips-for-after-an-attack