The First 72 Hours

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The First 72 Hours

In the immediate aftermath of a sexual assault:

  • Go to a safe place. Your RA’s room, a friend’s room or any open offices on campus.
  • Call someone you trust. A friend, family member, or victims advocate are good resources. You do not have to go through this alone.
  • Preserve evidence. After sexual violence, do not shower until you have considered whether to have a no-cost forensic sexual assault examination at the hospital and save the clothes you were wearing (unwashed) in a paper or cloth bag. After sexual violence, relationship violence and/or stalking, take photos of any damage or injury and keep communication records.