Responding to Sexual Assault

What can I do if I think I was assaulted?

1. Consider going to the emergency room

At the emergency room, doctors and nurses can treat any injuries, test for and treat sexually transmitted infections, and test for pregnancy. For more infomation on what to expect, see the Emergency Care for Sexual Assault webpage. An evidence collection kit can be completed up to one week after the assault.

2. If you choose not to go to the hospital, consider seeing a private doctor of your own choosing or you may see a clinician at NU Health Service.

3. Emotional support following a sexual assault
  • Avoid blaming yourself. You were not assaulted because of personal characteristics or behavior.
  • Talk to someone you trust. There are people on campus and the community who are trained to help you cope with the experience and examine all of your options. This includes counselors from CAPS and the Women’s Center.
  • Give yourself time to heal. It is perfectly normal to feel a range of emotions from sadness or depression to anger, resentment, confusion and sometimes indifference.
4. You have the option of seeking an institutional hearing through UHAS, the University Hearing and Appeals System

Read more about UHAS.

How can I support someone who was sexually assaulted?

Dealing with sexual assault is not only difficult for a survivor; it is also difficult for the people that the survivor turns to for support. Review suggestions and guidelines for supporting a friend who has experienced sexual violence in the Get Help section.