Health Education & Wellness


What to Do if You Have Been Sexually Assaulted

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Go to a safe place.

Talk to someone you trust.
As soon as you are in a safe place, tell someone you can trust about the incident—a roommate, friend, resident advisor or hall director, minister, or counselor—someone who can provide emotional support and objectively help you make a plan.

Preserve all physical evidence.
If you have experienced sexual assault , do not change your clothing, bathe, shower, douche, use the bathroom, brush your teeth, drink liquids, wash your hands or face, or comb your hair. If you change clothes, you should place all of your clothing that was worn at the time of the incident in a paper (not plastic) bag. Preservation of evidence does not mean that you have to pursue criminal charges, but it preserves that option for you.

Seek medical care.
You may seek medical care at any time following an assault, but we strongly recommend that you do so within seventy-two hours (three days). A medical professional will examine you, provide appropriate medical treatment, and, if applicable, talk with you about the prevention of sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.

You may seek medical care by contacting one of the following, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week:

Emergency
911

Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee
865-522-7273
2455 Sutherland Avenue Building B6215
Knoxville, TN 37919
mcnabbcenter.org/sacet

The mission of the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee is to provide excellent and compassionate services for victims and survivors of sexual assault and to empower our communities through education and social change. The Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee has four program areas: Forensic Nursing, Advocacy, Therapy, and Prevention Education. All services provided by the SACETN are free, including no-cost medical examinations, pregnancy prevention, and testing and preventative treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

University of Tennessee Police Department
865-974-3114

Contact the UTPD if you would like an officer to take you either to a local hospital or the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee for a medical examination.

Calling 911, contacting the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee, or contacting the UTPD does not mean that you must make a formal report to the university or to law enforcement. A medical examination simply preserves evidence in the event that you wish to pursue a criminal prosecution. If unwanted sexual activity occurred and if you think you might want to prosecute, you are strongly encouraged to have a medical examination for the collection and preservation of evidence within seventy-two hours. Please note that the collection of evidence for use in a criminal prosecution relating to unwanted sexual activity can only be performed by trained personnel at a hospital emergency room or at the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee. Physical examinations by other health care providers are likely to impede potential future legal remedies.

Seek counseling.
If you wish to speak confidentially with someone, you can contact one of the following:

Student Counseling Center
865-974-2196
Licensed psychologist available during weekday business hours

Student Health Services
865-974-3648
Licensed psychiatrist available during weekday business hours

Knoxville Sexual Assault
Crisis Center Crisis Hotline
865-522-7273
Staff members available
twenty-four hours a day

A licensed university counselor or Sexual Assault Center staff member can guide you in exploring options and provide you with information and emotional support. Whether you seek immediate assistance or choose to wait, counseling can help you deal with the psychological impact and begin the healing process.

Report the incident.
Reporting prohibited conduct is a deeply personal choice that only you can make.

If you report, there is no requirement that you pursue criminal prosecution or university discipline against the accused student. Reporting the incident and having a medical examination performed within seventy-two hours are critical in preserving evidence and allowing law enforcement and/or the university to respond effectively; nevertheless, you may report an incident at any time.

The university strongly encourages you to report an incident of sexual misconduct. Reporting the incident is the only way that the University and/or law enforcement can take action.

You may report an incident of prohibited conduct to any of the following:

University of Tennessee
Administrative Units

Sexual Assault Response Team/ Deputy Title IX Coorindator
865-974-HELP (4357)

Dean of Students
865-974-3179

Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards
865-974-3171

Title IX Coordinator, Office of Equity and Diversity
865-974-2498

Law Enforcement
Authorities

University of Tennessee Police Department
865-974-3111 / 911

Knoxville Police Department
865-215-7000/ 911

You may report an incident to law enforcement before, during, or after an investigation and/or a resolution of the incident by the Sexual Assault Response Team, the dean of students, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, or the Title IX coordinator.

You have the right to decline to report the incident to law enforcement. Even if you do not report the incident to law enforcement, you may still access medical care, counseling, and other support from the University of Tennessee by notifying the Sexual Assault Response Team, the dean of students, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, or the Title IX coordinator.

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