What to Do if You Have Been Sexually Assaulted or have Injuries Resulting from Dating or Domestic Violence

  1. If possible, get to a safe place.
  2. Call someone who can help:
    • A friend
    • Kim Webb, Director for the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center at 314-935-8761. Kim’s office is located in Seigle Hall, Room 444, and her email is kim_webb@wustl.edu.  Kim is available 24/7 to go with you to the hospital or police if you choose. After business hours or when Kim is not at her desk, she can be accessed through WUPD or SARAH
    • The Sexual Assault and Rape Anonymous Helpline (S.A.R.A.H) at 314-935-8080. S.A.R.A.H. provides crisis counseling 24/7 during the academic year (Fall-Spring semesters)
    • The police: call WUPD at 314-935-5555 (on-campus) or 911 (off-campus). Learn about WUPD’s response to sexual violence here.
  3. Do not blame yourself. Being a victim of sexual assault is never your fault.
  4. Get medical attention. Barnes/Jewish Hospital (MAP) and St. Mary’s Health Center (MAP) Emergency rooms both have specially trained professionals who can take the best care of you during this time. Other area hospitals offer this service as well. Additionally, for victims of dating or domestic violence that did not involve sexual assault, St. Louis University Hospital (MAP) offers forensic exams specific to these injuries. Even if you feel anxious or uncomfortable, it is very important to receive medical assistance. Members of hospital staff are accustomed to dealing with sexual assault injuries, for all victims, regardless of gender or type of injury. Even if you don’t seem seriously hurt, you may have hidden internal injuries or be at risk for sexually transmitted infections that need medical attention.
    • It is recommended you seek treatment at a comprehensive care facility, such as Barnes/ Jewish or St. Mary’s, that has a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) (a nurse who has been trained to give specialized medical care for a victim of sexual assault and to gather forensic evidence if desired) who can provide the best possible care and options to you. Additionally, St. Louis University Hospital has individuals who specialize in the care and evidence collection for individuals who are victims of dating or domestic violence. However, The Habif Health and Wellness Center will also offer professional and compassionate care, as well as any needed preventative medications, though they are not currently equipped to offer forensic examinations.
  5. Consider a forensic exam. A forensic exam involves a collection of important evidence including fluid samples, clothing, nail clippings, hair, pictures of injured areas, etc.
    What to expect from a SANE/forensic exam.
  6. If you want a forensic examination, do not shower, drink, eat, brush your teeth or change your clothes. These activities can destroy physical evidence that could be useful if you decide to prosecute. However, if you have already done so (which is a perfectly normal response), you should still seek medical care. These activities do not necessarily prevent the collection of evidence, and your physical well-being is most important.
  7. Write down everything you remember happening, with as much detail as possible. This can help you to cope with the situation, but may also be helpful in any legal action you might decide to take.
  8. Submit an Anonymous Report
    Information included in this form goes privately to Kim Webb. No further investigation or action will be taken after receiving this form unless requested.
  9. Report Incident to Title IX
    All students are encouraged to formally report any incidents to Washington University Police or to the Director & Title IX Coordinator, Jessica Kennedy, 314-935-3118, or jwkennedy@wustl.edu.

As a Survivor, You Have the Right to:

  • Receive medical care, mental health treatment and/or participate in legal procedures after giving informed consent.
  • Refuse to answer questions about prior sexual experiences.
  • Keep your name from the media.
  • Be protected against future assaults.
  • Decide against making a report to the police.
  • As much credibility as a victim of any other crime.
  • Be treated with respect, dignity and cultural sensitivity regardless of your race, gender identity, sex or sexual orientation.
  • You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.