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What to do if you've been assaulted

Sexual Assault

What to do if you’ve been sexually assaulted





  • Go to a safe place as soon as you can and ask a trusted person to stay with you.
  • Call the 24 hour sexual assault crisis hotline to reach a victim advocate who can provide support, explain options, and travel with you to the hospital or police station.
  • Go to an area ER for a SANE Exam (Sexual Assault Nurse Exam) to collect evidence and receive medical attention.

o  Aurora Medical Center

§ 855 North Westhaven Drive, Oshkosh

o   Mercy Medical Center

§  500 South Oakwood Rd, Oshkosh

  • You are not required to report to police for a SANE exam; however, hospitals are required to call the police, but it is not required that you speak with them.

o    Medical attention is vital, as you may have injuries of which you are unaware. They can test for sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancies, and provide emergency contraception if desired.

  • It is important to consider preserving evidence as proof of the assault, even if you are unsure about pressing charges. Evidence can be kept for up to 7 years if you decide to report in the future. Hospitals will provide a forensic evidence exam up to 96 hours after a sexual assault.

o   Do not shower

o   Do not douche

o   Try not to urinate

o   If oral contact took place, do not eat, drink, smoke, or brush your teeth

o   If you have changed clothes, place them in a paper bag (plastic bags destroy evidence)

o   If you have not changed, keep the original clothes on and bring an extra set to wear home from the hospital (the police may need to keep your clothes for evidence)

  • You may report it to the University Police or Oshkosh Police Department who can also transport you to a hospital.

o   Oshkosh University Police

§  (920) 424-1212

o   Oshkosh Police Department

§  911 for emergencies

§  Non-emergencies (920) 236-5700




The information supplied by this website is not to be considered legal or medical advice. The website is strictly for informational purposes only.

by greenc08 — last modified May 11, 2011 04:20 PM