What to do if you've been assaulted
What to do if you’ve been sexually assaulted
SEXUAL ASSAULT 24 HOURS CRISIS HOTLINE
- 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
IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT.
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