If You Are Raped or Sexually Assaulted
1. Go Somewhere Safe
If you feel in danger, call Security Services at 253.879.3311 (campus) or local police at 911 (off campus). Seek emotional support from friends, trusted staff or faculty, or one of the agencies listed below.
2. Seek Medical Attention Immediately
You may take a friend or victim advocate with you to the hospital. Trained advocates are available 24 hours a day from the Crisis Line or the Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County (253.424.RAPE).
Not all injuries are immediately evident, so seek medical attention. Do not change clothes, bathe, shower, or douche before going to the hospital. Doing so may destroy important medical evidence. If you have changed clothes, bring your soiled clothing with you for evidence collection. Forensic evidence may be collected up to 72 hours after an assault. The recommended hospital in the vicinity is:
Tacoma General Hospital Emergency Room
315 Martin Luther King Jr., 253.403.7537
Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services on campus is not able to conduct examinations in order to collect evidence necessary for criminal or civil action against an assailant. For such an exam, victims should visit a hospital emergency room. Even if you don’t seek medical attention for legal reasons, it is still important to access and treat any injuries and determine the possibility of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.
You may also get treatment from:
Counseling, Health and Wellness Services
216 Wheelock Student Center
A medical professional of your choice.