If you have experienced a sexual assault or violence in a dating or intimate relationship, the most important thing you can do is get to a safe place. If you believe you or anyone else is in immediate danger, call 911 as soon as possible.
Once you are safe, contact someone you trust to be with you for support. This could be a friend, family member, or someone on campus.
All people should get help if they witness or experience sexual violence—including non-U.S. citizens.
Seek Medical Attention
No matter what happened, you should seek medical attention as soon as you can—even if you’re not sure if you want to report the incident.
It’s the best way to protect yourself from the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy in connection with a sexual assault. And even if you think you’re physically okay, you may have injuries that need treatment.
It’s also important to have a forensic exam done. This ensures that evidence gets collected in case you decide to report what happened to the police or campus authorities.
To find the best place to go for medical attention in your area, choose your campus from the list on the left.
Preserve Evidence of the Sexual Violence or Encounter
While you might be tempted to try to erase all signs of what happened to you, it’s important to preserve the evidence. You may need it to provide proof of criminal activity or to obtain a protection order.
Do not do any of the following things until you’ve gotten medical attention and/or contacted the police.
- Bathe or shower
- Use the restroom
- Change clothes
- Comb hair
- Clean up the crime scene
- Move anything the offender may have touched
Don’t try to collect evidence yourself. Get help from medical or law enforcement personnel as soon as possible—or at least within 96 hours of the assault.
Get Counseling and Support
Coping with the aftermath of a sexual assault or dating or domestic violence can be very difficult—but remember, you’re not alone. Every IU campus offers counseling services to help you recover. There are also resources available in your community.
Make it a priority to get the help you need to process what happened to you and recover from the incident.
To find counseling and support resources near you, choose your campus from the list on the left.
Deciding whether or not to report an incident isn’t easy. Feel free to take your time with the decision (but make sure to get medical attention to collect evidence).
If you do decide to report the event, you have several options. You can:
- Report it to campus police or local law enforcement
- Report the event through the student conduct system
- File a complaint with the Deputy Title IX Coordinator(s) on your campus
If you do report the event to campus authorities, you can ask them to help you notify law enforcement. You can also decline to involve the police.
To learn more, find your campus in Report an Incident.
**The University strives to uphold privacy and confidentiality as much as possible and only shares information received with those who have a need to know in order to respond. Individuals who desire anonymity in discussing and seeking assistance about sexual misconduct should contact and/or be referred to a confidential employee on their campus.**