There is help. You are not alone.
A starting point of information for sexual assault survivors, as well as their friends and families
If you are the survivor of a sexual assault, here are some first steps to get help.
After an assault, it is important to take care of yourself physically. Even if you don’t believe you have injuries, seeking medical assistance can be helpful in gaining peace of mind. Medical services may include:
- Making sure you’re okay—examination and treatment of injury
- Assessment for any treatment of STIs including prophylaxis treatment to reduce the risk of infection
- Emergency contraception to help prevent pregnancy
- Medical legal examination and evidence preservation
If you speak with a medical provider about being sexually assaulted or physically harmed during an unlawful act, the medical provider must report this to law enforcement.
However, do not hesitate in seeking medical attention due to this. You do not have to make a report to law enforcement or comply with an investigation unless you want to. You can refuse to speak with law enforcement. You can refuse to give any other information about the offender or crime.
If you want to have a forensic exam and cooperate with a police investigation, it is best if an assault is reported within 72 hours for medical evidence collection to be a viable option, and it is best to do this before showering or changing clothes. An advocate from the Sexual Assault Resource Service (SARS) will also be notified and will respond immediately to offer support, referrals, and information.
You do not have to go through this alone, it is not your fault, and help is available.
To make an appointment with UA Counseling and Psych Services (CAPS), call (520) 626-2051 Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, or go to the third floor of Campus Health at Highland Commons (near 6th and Highland) and request an appointment with the Mental Health Clinician for Sexual Assault and Trauma Services. If your situation is an emergency, you may request to be seen immediately. You may be asked to meet with a CAPS Triage counselor if the Mental Health Clinician for Sexual Assault and Trauma Services is not immediately available.