What to do if you have been sexually assaulted
- Get to a safe place immediately. If you cannot get somewhere safe, call Kettering University Campus Safety at 810-762-9501 or, 911 immediately.
- Call a friend, family member, school official or someone you trust and ask that they stay with you.
- Don't shower, eat, drink, go to the bathroom, douche, brush your teeth, or change your clothes before going to the hospital. These activities may eliminate valuable evidence that could assist in prosecution if you choose to file a police report. However, if you have already done these things, please don't let this stop you from seeking medical care. If you have already changed your clothes, place the clothes in a clean paper bag and bring them with you. Also, do not disturb the area where the assault occurred.
- Seek medical attention. Go to the nearest hospital emergency room. There may be serious injuries from the assault that are not visible to you. A doctor or nurse can help make sure you are okay and treat you for possible sexually transmitted diseases as well as offer medication to prevent pregnancy.
- Decide whether you want to make a police report. Choosing to report sexual assault is an individual decision. Don't let anyone pressure you either way or another. You do not need to report to the police in order to receive medical care. If you are considering police involvement you should call the police within 72 hours (3 days) of the assault.
- Get information whenever you have questions or concerns. After a sexual assault, you have a lot of choices and decisions to make; e.g., medical care and follow-up needs, participating in law enforcement investigation, telling other people, and returning to work. Ask questions if you are confused or unsure about your options.
- Seek support for yourself. Sexual assault is a traumatic experience and you may need help dealing with the impact of the assault. Even if it happened a long time ago, it is never too late to talk to someone about it. You do not have to go through this alone. Kettering University Wellness Center offers free and confidential support services for survivors of all forms of sexual violence.