What to Do Immediately After a Sexual Assault
Safety: Go to a safe place and call 911 if you need immediate medical or police assistance.
Support: Get support from someone you trust, such as a friend or family member. Consider calling a confidential resource to help you understand all of your options for medical care, reporting, filing criminal charges, and support.
Police and/or community safety: Consider calling the police and/or community safety, even if you don’t feel it is an emergency. You may call the police directly, ask Reed community safety to facilitate medical assistance and police investigation, and/or work with community safety to conduct a college investigation.
Evidence: Even if you are unsure about whether or not to pursue criminal charges, consider preserving the evidence. Do not shower or douche. Try not to urinate. If there was oral contact, do not smoke, eat, or brush your teeth. Do not change clothes. If you have already changed your clothes, place the original clothes in a paper bag (plastic may destroy evidence). If you haven’t changed, keep the original clothes on and bring an extra set to wear home from the hospital.
Reporting: You may report the assault to police, community safety, the Title IX Coordinator, Reed staff and/or the Health & Counseling Center, either immediately, or at any time in the future. If you are unsure about whether or not to report the assault, consider calling a confidential resource, or explore online resources. Reporting the assault does not mean that your are required to pursue criminal charges or an honor case if you choose not to.
Know that sexual assault is never the survivor’s fault.