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What To Do If You've Just Been Sexually Assaulted

  • Get to a safe place. Your safety is most important!
  • Contact someone who can help you:
    • Police: 911 or 855-1111
    • Ball State Victim Advocate: 285-7844
    • The Counseling Center: 765-285-1736 (business hours) or 765-747-1330 (after-hours)
    • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)       
    • A friend
  • Get medical attention. Even with no physical injuries, it is important to determine the risks of STDs and pregnancy.
  • If you want to take legal action:
    • Ball State's Victim Advocate can help you through this process.
    • To preserve forensic evidence, ask the hospital to conduct a rape kit exam. This must be done within 96 hours of the occurrence of the assault.
    • If you suspect that you may have been drugged, ask that a urine sample be collected. The sample will need to be analyzed later on by a forensic lab.
    • Write down everything that you remember happening, with as much detail as possible. This can help with your own healing process and in any legal action you might decide to take.
  • If you don't want to press charges…
    • You can still have a rape kit done, in case you change your mind later about taking legal action
    • You can also contact the Ball State Ombudsperson (765-285-1545), who can discuss your options about taking action through the university rather than the legal system
  • Recognize that healing from rape takes time. Give yourself the time you need.
  • Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline, operated by RAINN, for free, confidential counseling, 24 hours a day: 800-656-HOPE (4673), www.rainn.org
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