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Preserve evidence

While you may want to clean up and try to forget about what’s happened, it’s important to preserve any evidence you may need to prove criminal activity or obtain a protection order. You should not try to collect evidence yourself. Get help from trained medical and law enforcement personnel as soon as possible.

Before you get medical or police help:

  • Do not bathe or shower
  • Do not use the toilet
  • Do not change your clothes
  • Do not comb your hair
  • Do not clean up the place where the incident occurred
  • Do not move items the other person touched

Get medical attention

Take care of yourself first. No matter what happened or what you decide to do about it in the future, you should seek medical attention as soon as you can. That’s the best way to make sure you are OK and guard against sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. You may also have injuries that you are not aware of that need to be treated.

Get counseling and confidential support

Coping with sexual assault and any form of sexual misconduct can be difficult, but you are not alone. Every IU campus community has confidential resources, including counseling services, to help after an experience of sexual misconduct. Find more information about the available confidential resources on your campus and in your community by selecting your campus below.

Reporting the incident

You may be unsure about reporting the incident. Take your time and make the decision that’s right for you. If you do decide to report the incident, you have several options to make a report to the university. You also have the option of reporting to local law enforcement.