What should I do if I am sexually assaulted?
- Get to a safe location. If you are unsure where to go or can think of nowhere that is safe for you at this time, please consider calling Towhall II or Kent State Police. The Office of the Student Ombuds can help with housing arrangements as well.
- Consider asking a trusted friend or relative to be with you for support.
- Seek medical care as soon as possible. You may need to receive basic medical treatment for injuries, and you may have injuries of which you are not aware at this time. You also may be at risk of acquiring a sexual transmitted infection (and women may also be at risk for pregnancy). Trained staff at University Health Services or a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) at Summa's DOVE Program can speak with you about all of the medical options available at this time.
- Consider calling a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). SART members work closely with campus resources and may assist you in determining what, if any, steps you wish to take. They can put you in touch with the University Health Services staff, Kent State Police Services, University Psychological Services, as well as off-campus resources.
- You may choose to file a report with Kent State University Police Services or local police. Reporting the attack does not require that you file criminal charges, but rather, it puts in place supports systems that you may choose to use.
- Preserve all evidence of the attack. If you choose to file a report with the police, it is important that you:
- do not bathe, wash your hands, brush your teeth, drink, eat, or even use the restroom—all these things can destroy evidence that may be helpful in a criminal investigation; however, if you have done any of these things since the attack, evidence can still be collected
- do not clean or remove anything from the location where the attack occurred
- write down as much as you can recall about the attack and the perpetrator
- Please seek some form of emotional support. While taking care of your physical needs may be the first step in taking care of yourself, it is important not to neglect the emotions you may be experiencing as a result of the assault. University Psychological Services and the Women’s Center have staff that are specially trained to assist students with recovery and healing.
- It is your choice to determine when and in what manner you recover from your trauma. Give yourself the time you need and know that it is never too late to get help.
- Know that what happened was not your fault.