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What to do if you have been the victim of a sexual assault

If you have been sexually assaulted consider the following for immediate actions:

Emergency care

For emergency medical treatment call 911 or go to:

  • Mercy Emergency-Trauma Center: 1235 E. Cherokee, Springfield, MO, 417-820-2115
  • Cox Emergency Department (North): 1423 N. Jefferson Ave., Springfield, MO, 417-269-3393
  • Cox Emergency Department (South): 3801 S. National Ave., Springfield, MO, 417-269-4083

Emergency contact numbers for Springfield campus following an assault:

  • Missouri State University Safety and Transportation (on campus): 417-836-5510
  • Springfield Police Department (off campus): 911 or 417-864-1810

Reporting the assault does NOT commit you to filing charges.

Preserve evidence of the assault

Whether or not you intend to press charges or file a report, it is important to preserve evidence of the assault and have a rape kit completed. Completing a rape kit does not mean that the student has to file police charges.

Do not disturb the crime scene—leave all sheets, towels, etc. Physical evidence of a criminal sexual assault must be collected as soon as possible.

After the assault

  • 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.

Specialized nurses work with victims of sexual assault

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.

Victims can call the crisis hotline listed below to request a victim advocate to accompany the student to have a rape kit completed.

Call the crisis hotline

A crisis hotline exists to help you through the hours immediately following an assault.

Call 417-864-SAFE (7233).

  • Advocates on-call 24-hours a day.
  • Availability to talk on the phone.
  • Availability to meet at the hospital or police department.
  • Victim advocates will accompany survivors of sexual assault to the hospital while they complete a rape kit.