What to Do If You Have Been the Victim of a Sexual Assault:
In the event of any emergency call 911
If you wish to report the assault:
For off-campus law enforcement contact the Springfield Police Department
Go to a hospital and tell emergency personnel that you have been sexually assaulted. Take the clothes you were wearing and a set of clean clothes. Don't shower or bathe before you go. Both Mercy and Cox South employ SANE nurses (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) who are specially trained in working with victims of sexual assault. They can complete a rape kit with the student and address medical concerns. The rape kit can be very important for evidence gathering and a Victim Advocate can accompany the student if they go to have a rape kit completed. The rape kit is kept at the hospital for 120 days. If a student has injuries from the assault that go beyond the standard rape kit (broken bones, stitches or x-rays needed) there is a Victim’s Compensation Fund that can be applied for – information on this can be obtained at the hospital or through the Victim Center. Completing a rape kit does not mean that the student has to file police charges.
Who to Talk To:
Tell someone you trust