If you have experienced sexual assault or sexual violence, remember that the sexual assault/violence was not your fault. No one deserves to be sexually assaulted. You are not alone. Regardless of how much time has passed since the assault, resources and support are available to you.
If you have been sexually assaulted:
Go someplace safe
Tell a person who will support and believe you.
Advocates at PAVSA
CSS Counseling Center
Friend or Family Member
Have your medical needs attended to. This may be done by going to either Emergency Rooms locally in Duluth for a SANE exam. This exam is most successful up to 120 hours after an assault, but may also be performed longer after to ensure medical needs are met. If the assault/violence has occurred some time ago, it is still important to have your medical needs met even though it may not be a SANE exam.
Consider whether you'd like to make a police report. The GEVA Team or an advocate can provide you support and aid in making a report. If there's any chance that you want to report your assault to the police now or in the future;
Do not shower or douche
Save the clothes you were wearing at the time of the assault in a paper bag
Save sheets, blankets, or anything else that may have "evidence" in a paper bag
Take pictures of the scene of the assault if possibe
Save any text messages, voicemails, emails, or letters that may help to describe the incident: pre, post, and during
Consider whether you'd like to make a formal report for investigation on campus. It is your choice whether you'd like to pursue an on or off campus investigation. On and off campus investigations are separate affairs, but both are available to you. Click here for more information regarding reporting options and resources.
Consider utilizing an advocate, counselor, support group or any other services/programs you are comfortable with for follow up support. Click here for more information regarding resources.
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Duluth, MN 55811