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What to do if you've been assaulted

Sexual Assault

What to do if you’ve been sexually assaulted

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT 24 HOURS CRISIS HOTLINE

1-920-722-8150

 

  • 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.

Disclaimer

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