Report an Incident

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. 

Before reporting the incident, make sure you get medical attention and preserve evidence of the sexual violence.

All people should report an incident of sexual violence—including non-U.S. citizens.

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.

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 about reporting an incident, find your campus in the list on the left.