What do I do if I’ve been sexually assaulted?
Find a safe location away from the perpetrator. Ask a trusted friend to be with you for emotional support. You may also call the University of Oregon Police Department (541) 346-2919 or 911 for an escort around or to campus.
1. Know that what happened was not your fault.
2. Preserve all evidence of the attack.
• Do not bathe, wash your hands, brush your teeth, eat, or smoke.
• If you are still in the location at which the crime occurred, do not clean or straighten up or remove anything.
• Write down all the details you can recall about the attack and the perpetrator. This is important for future reporting if you choose to later pursue a police or on-campus report.
3. Report the attack to law enforcement immediately: you can dial 911 from any cellular or landline phone, or the Eugene Police Department’s local line (541) 682-5111.
• If you want more information, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.4637 or Online). A counselor can help you understand the reporting process.
• Survivors also have the right to have a victim advocate present during all interviews with law enforcement for moral support and to ensure that their rights are respected. Advocates may be called automatically but survivors should always request one to make sure an advocate is on her/his way.
4. Seek medical care as soon as possible. Even if you do not have any visible physical injuries, you may be at risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted disease, and women may also be at risk for pregnancy.
- McKenzie-Willamette Hospital has a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) on staff. Examinations are available by going to the McKenzie-Willamette Hospital Emergency Room and asking to be seen by a SANE.
- The Sacred Heart University District and Riverbend Hospitals have Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) on staff. Examinations are available by going to the either the Sacred Heart University District or Riverbend Emergency rooms and asking to be seen by a SANE.
- The UO Health Center has two Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) with specialized training who are available for appointments during clinic hours (Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 10:00-2:00pm). Call 541-346-2770 to make an appointment with either Colleen Jones, Women’s Health Nurse Practictioner, or Jolene Siemsen, Adult Health Nurse Practitioner.
• Ask the health care professional to conduct a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE). These exams are most effective in gathering evidence within 96 hours of a sexual assault. This evidence can be stored and used later if a survivor decides they do wish to file a report.
• If you suspect you have been drugged, request that a urine sample be collected to preserve evidence.
5. Recognize that healing from an attack takes time. Give yourself the time you need and know that it is never too late to get help.
• For free, confidential help 24/7, Contact Sexual Assault Support Services at (541) 343-7277 or the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.4637 or Online).
• Look to the Reporting and Support Options for Survivors of Sexual Assault flowchart for more information about support, advocacy, and empowerment.