In the event of a sexua assault:
- Go to a safe place. Call someone you trust for emotional support.
- The University strongly urges that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner by calling (610) 519-4444 or (610) 519-6979, or by going to the Public Safety Office in Farrell Hall. Timely reporting is critical for purposes of collecting and preserving evidence, which is important for proof of a criminal offense. An investigator in the Public Safety Department has been identified by the University as the Sexual Assault Interventionist. When a sexual assault is reported, the Interventionist is notified and explains options and internal/external resources available as well as accompanies the victim through the process. The Sexual Assault Interventionist provides information and support for the victim and attempts to obtain valuable information regarding the assault.
- Do not shower. Valuable evidence of the assault remains on your body and clothes. Do not eat, drink, smoke, comb your hair, shower, urinate, defecate, or douche before going to the emergency room. However, if you have already done these things, please don't let this stop you from seeking medical care. Also, do not change clothes after the assault. Take a change of clothes with you to the emergency room. However, if you have already done so, place the clothes you were wearing during the assault in a paper bag and take them to the hospital with you.
- Seek medical attention. A doctor or nurse can check for injuries that may not be visible. Hospital staff can also treat you for possible STDs. Hospital staff may also perform a rape exam to collect evidence.
- If you believe you were given a date rape drug wait to urinate until you arrive at the hospital. However, if you can't wait, collect your first urine in a clean container with a lid and take it to the emergency room or police station with you. Also, be sure to tell the emergency room personnel your symptoms and that you believe you were given a date rape drug so they can take the necessary samples.
- University Departments such as the Counseling Center (610) 519-4050, the Office of Health Promotion (610) 519-7407, Campus Ministry (610) 519-4080, and the Dean of Students Office (610) 519-4200, can provide support and valuable assistance for victims of sexual assault. Counseling services for full-time employees are available through Ceridian LifeWorks Services, the University’s Employee Assistance Program, at (888) 267-8126 or www.lifeworks.com. Community based counseling is also available from Women Against Rape at (610) 566-4342.