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What should I do if I am sexually assaulted?

Preventing a possible pregnancy and collecting physical evidence must occur within 72 hours of the assault.

If the incident occurred in the last 24 to 72 hours:

  • Get to a safe place.
  • Call a friend, a family member, or someone else you trust and ask her or him to stay with you.
  • Get immediate medical attention for possible injuries, sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy. Even if you think that you do not have any physical injuries, you should still have a medical examination and discuss the possibility of sexually transmitted infections with a medical provider. If you are female, you can prevent pregnancy by taking emergency contraceptive pills within 72 hours of the assault. See also Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
  • If you think you were drugged or consumed a sedative-like substance, ask the medical provider to take a urine sample. Date rape drugs like GHB and Rohypnol are more likely to be detected in urine than in blood. If you still have remnants of the drink, save them for analysis.
  • If you want to report the crime, notify the Campus Police immediately 911 or 609-771-2167, available 24 hours. Reporting the crime can help you regain a sense of personal power and control. It can also help to ensure the safety of other potential victims.See also Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).
  • Preserve all physical evidence. Do not bathe, shower, douche, eat, drink, smoke, or urinate, if possible. Save all of the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault. Place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag. Do not use plastic bags. Do not disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred. Evidence can be collected at an emergency room and you can decide later whether or not you want to press criminal charges.
  • Write down as much as you can remember about the circumstances of the assault, including a description of the assailant, her or his identity if you know it, and the use of threats or force.
  • Contact your local rape crises program for support, information, and to talk to someone who understands the trauma of rape and knows how to help. Call Womanspace at 609-394-9000 or 800-572-SAFE. See also People you can call, people who will listen and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).

If the incident occurred recently or long ago, remember that it is never too late to get help:

(Adapted from RAINN, “If you are raped.”)