Violence Against Women Prevention Program
If you are a victim of sexual assault, UOG's Violence Against Women Prevention Program can provide information, resources, and confidential victim services, including:
Get to a safe place.
Get away from the perpetrator and go to a safe place as soon as possible.
Seek medical attention.
Seek care from your primary care physician for any immediate medical concerns, or proceed to the nearest hospital in case of an emergency, such as bleeding, loss of consciousness, or effects from drugs or alcohol. Contact the Healing Hearts Crisis Center to speak to someone about accessing medical services. Healing Hearts provides medical services for victims of rape and other forms of sexual assault. These services may include a medical examination, collection of forensic evidence, treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and emergency contraception.
Get support from family and friends.
Consider reaching out to someone you trust for support. Call a close friend, a relative, or another trusted person who can be with you during the interview with the police or medical personnel.
Seek professional assistance.
Professionals at UOG and in the community can help you identify, respond to, and cope with sexual assault. Contact us for more information on victim services, campus resources, and community referrals.
Preserve evidence of the sexual assault.
Physical evidence is very important, but your story is often the most important piece of evidence that you can provide. If possible, write down all the details of the sexual assault and save them in case you decide to report the crime. If you do report the crime, do not throw away any clothing that you were wearing when the assault occurred. Turn these into the police. If sexual assault medical services are being coordinated, seek further guidance on personal hygiene activities to help preserve as much evidence as possible.
Report the assault to the police.
Consider making a report to the police, but remember that it is your decision to report the sexual assault or not. If you are hesitant to file a report, talk about your concerns with an advocate from UOG's Violence Against Women Prevention Program or Victim Advocates Reaching Out (477-5552) to help you decide what the best course of action is for you. Call 911 is you need immediate protection and assistance.
Understand that what happened was not your fault.
It is common for victims to blame themselves after being sexually assaulted. You are not to blame for the perpetrator's behavior.
If you feel uncomfortable, awkward, tense, or even fearful in your dating relationship, trust your feelings and get out of it. It may be an abusive relationship. Know that violence in a relationship will not just stop or go away.
The UOG Campus Security Escort Service provides free walking accompaniment from one campus location to another, including to vehicles parked on campus, for all UOG students, employees, and visitors who may feel unsafe walking alone on campus at night. This service is available from dusk to dawn, seven days a week, 365 days per year.
To request a campus security escort, call 888-2456 or 735-2365.