I Need Help
Call 911 if you are in immediate danger, require urgent medical attention, or want to report to police.
If you have experienced sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking, or sexual harassment, please know:
- It is not your fault
- Help is available no matter when the incident occurred
- Asking for help is not a weakness
Contact a confidential support service to discuss your options.
It is common not to know what to do if you have experienced sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking or sexual harassment. You have the right to know your options to make an informed decision about how you want to move forward. Options include accessing confidential support, receiving medical attention, and/or filing a report with the police or the University. Filing a report is not a requirement for seeking support services or medical attention.
At Victim Services you can speak confidentially to professional staff (24/7,365 days a year, Advocacy & Support 407-823-1200 or text 407-823-6868).
Counseling & Psychological Services (24/7 Crisis Line 407-823-2811) to discuss options and resources. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
If you were sexually assaulted, you have the right to a non-reporting or reporting forensic exam.
You can receive a forensic exam to collect evidence even if you do not want to report to the police. The decision is up to you whether you report to the police or the University. Forensic exams are performed at an off-campus location to which a victim advocate can transport you. Please call a confidential victim advocate (24/7 Advocacy & Support 407-823-1200) to learn more. To preserve physical evidence if you want to receive a forensic exam:
- Do not bathe, wash your hands or clothes, use the bathroom, brush your teeth, drink, eat, smoke, etc.
- Do not change your clothes, but if you do, put all the clothes you were wearing in a paper bag and bring them with you to your medical exam.
- If you are still in the location where the assault occurred, do not clean, straighten up, wash, or remove anything.
- Consider writing down all the details you can recall about the assault and the person who hurt you.
While you may not know if you want to report today, taking these steps will help preserve important evidence if you do ultimately decide to report to the police or University.
Take time to care for yourself.
If you have been impacted by sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking, or sexual harassment, you may experience a variety of emotions. For your safety and peace of mind, consider speaking with a victim advocate, making an appointment with a counselor, or seeking medical intervention, especially if you are feeling anxious or having difficulty sleeping or eating.
Do things at your own pace.
Individuals respond differently to incidents of sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking, or sexual harassment. The healing process will take time and can vary for each person who experiences trauma. Surround yourself with people who support you and honor your choices.