If you have been sexually assaulted, we encourage you to consider the following:
- If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
- Go someplace safe.
- Tell a person who will support you and/or call The Aurora Center at 612-626-9111.
- Seek medical help (if needed) at a clinic or an emergency department.
- Consider whether you’d like to make a police report or a report to the university.
If you plan to report to the police now or in the future, consider these things to DO:
- Safety: Prioritize your own safety and well being.
- Evidence: Keep the clothing you were wearing (including undergarments) at the time of the assault, and any bedding that might contain evidence in a paper (not plastic) bag. Bring this to the hospital/police if you decide to go.
- If you have to urinate, collect it in a clean vessel to bring with you to the ER if you choose to get an exam.
- Save any texts, e-mails, videos, messages, or other things you have regarding the assault for evidence.
- Advocate: Call The Aurora Center to speak with an advocate at 612-626-9111. An advocate can meet you at the hospital to give you support and answer any questions you may have.
- Medical: Go to an emergency room where you can receive a free sexual assault forensic exam (performed by specially-trained sexual assault nurse examiner). Such an exam can be performed up to 168 hours (7 days) after an assault. You do not have to file a police report at the time of your exam.
- Support Group: Consider joining a support group for survivors of sexual assault. You can contact The Aurora Center for more information on our support group for students.
If you plan to report, DON'T:
- Clean, rearrange or alter the scene of the crime.
- Cover or treat any injuries.
- Take a shower or clean yourself if you plan to go for a hospital exam.
- Assume you are alone in this. This was not your fault. We are here for you.