If you think you may be a victim of sexual assault, even if you are unsure if you want to report the incident, consider the following for your well-being:
Obtaining immediate medical attention. Why?
- Even if you need time before deciding whether to report the assault to police or the university, seeking medical attention can help you obtain medication to prevent pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) as well as to preserve any evidence until you can fully determine your options.
- Physical evidence can be collected at a hospital through an exam conducted by a nurse specially trained in caring for and collecting evidence from patients who have survived a sexual assault (a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner or SANE). The sooner the exam is conducted after the assault presents the best opportunity to collect evidence. However, it is sometimes possible to collect evidence days after the assault.
- If you are considering undergoing such an exam, do not shower, drink or eat, wash hands, douche, change your clothes or apply medication to any injuries unless absolutely necessary as this can diminish the ability to collect evidence.
- You can obtain this confidential, no cost, collection of medical evidence exam, through OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital's Emergency Room. Call 740-615-1165 for more information. Directions to hospital. Campus Public Safety can provide transportation to Grady Hospital and you need not disclose the medical condition for which you are seeking care.
- Injury care and follow-up, women’s health services as well as screenings and medication for STDs can be obtained through our campus Student Health Services. Call 740-368-3160 or go online via the Student Health Portal for an appointment.
Talking to someone. Why?
Please see “Will I be assured of confidentiality?” on the OWU Counseling Services SOCAP FAQ page to learn about confidentiality when speaking to the following resources.
- Calling the 24 hour, confidential sexual assault hotline can provide support as well as information on medical, reporting and legal options.
- SARN (local)- 1-800-684-2324 or 740-369-3316
- RAINN (national) 1-800-656-HOPE
- A trusted friend or family member can provide you with support and give you a chance to process the assault.
- Public Safety on campus can provide you with a ride to the hospital (and you need not disclose the medical condition for which you are seeking care). They can also provide you with information about your legal options and arrange for you to speak with Delaware City Police. You have an extended period of time to learn about your legal options and decide if you choose to file a report with law enforcement. You can reach either by calling Public Safety at 740-368-2222 and Delaware Police at 911 or 740- 362-1111.
- Residential Life Staff are always available to assist you with support and information. From 7pm-7am, contact your RA or Moderator at the phone number posted in your building.
- The SOCAP Counselor/Advocate is a confidential resource available on campus to help you make informed decisions, not to pass judgement or investigate. Assistance is available with navigating legal processes and protections, safety planning as well as emotional support and trauma counseling. Call Counseling Services at 740-368-3145 for an appointment. Check out the OWU SOCAP webpage for more information.
Sometimes students are unsure if a sexual assault has occurred. Any sexual activity needs to be consensual or it can be considered sexual assault. Here is an excellent video to learn more about consent:
If you have survived one of these crimes, realize, it was NOT your fault. You did not cause the violence. No matter if you were drinking, no matter what you were wearing - no matter what.
You are not responsible for another person's choices and actions. Sexual violence is an act of power. When we find ourselves powerless, we often do what we need to do to survive.
Not only are acts of sexual violence illegal, OWU has a University Policy on Sexual Misconduct and students who commit such acts, if reported, can be held responsible. Find information about OWU procedural rights established for student survivors and those students who are accused of Sexual Misconduct here .