Sexual Assault:

Survivor Steps

For the first 72 hours:

1:         Go to a safe space.

If you are in immediate danger and you’re on campus, call UNCG Police at 334-4444. (if off campus, call 9-1-1). Call Family Services of the Piedmont crisis line at 336-273-7273. They can talk you through your immediate options, and provide an advocate during medical care.

2:         Call someone you trust.

What happened is not your fault. Call someone you trust who can listen and provide support.

3:         Get medical care

Even if you do not want to report the incident, you may have injuries of which you are not aware. Remember: Avoid showering, bathing, douching, eating, drinking, brushing your teeth, or smoking if at all possible.  These activities can destroy vital evidence. Clothing worn during or after the assault should be saved in a paper bag to best preserve evidence.

You may go to any Emergency Room in the area and request to be examined and treated for sexual assault. You have three choices regarding how you would like to proceed:

You can just be examined, treated, and given referrals for counseling and medical follow up either at a local Emergency Room or your campus clinic.

You can have an anonymous Sexual Assault Examination performed that can preserve evidence for one year to give you time to decide if you want to go forth with prosecution or not.  This does not require you to report to police.  The highly trained Sexual Assault Nurse Practitioner (SANE) will walk you through your options.

You can report the assault to UNCG Police and/or Greensboro Police – anonymously if you wish. The case can be investigated by the police if you wish. You have the option to complete a Sexual Assault Examination and Kit that would be collected by a SANE nurse which is handed over to the police and can be eventually used in litigation of the case – if a survivor chooses.

A Sexual Assault Kit is collected with the ultimate goal of preserving evidence and the chain of custody for future court proceedings.   It is an invasive and intensive type of exam and should not be undertaken lightly.  Just because someone has been sexually assaulted does not mean that they have to have a kit done.  It is your choice and you are in control.

What happens during a sexual assault examination?

If it’s been more than 72 hours OR after medical care:

4:          Report and get support

It is important to understand that a survivor has a lot of options of how to report a sexual assault. Reporting the incident is how you get support. Where you report the incident is entire your choice – just remember that different reporting resources offer different levels of support.

In addition to reporting the incident to those support offices that can help you, you should consider reporting the incident to police or the university for a criminal or student conduct investigation. Reporting is important. Even if criminal charges aren’t filed, reporting can provide police with important information. This information could be useful in helping to solve other cases. Some survivors also feel they have regained some control back after reporting. Reporting is an appropriate way to place blame on the perpetrator, not yourself!