What to Do if You Have Experienced Sexual Misconduct
If you are a survivor of sexual misconduct, the sooner you seek help the more options you have available to you. However, regardless of when the incident occurred it is never too late to speak with someone regarding support resources and other options, including legal and campus resolution.
- Get away from your attacker and to a safe place as soon as possible. Call 911 or Campus Safety.
- Seek medical attention to assess and treat any injuries, screen for pregnancy and any sexually transmitted infections, and collect evidence (if you consent to do so). If you decide to seek medical attention, contact the emergency room at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (1798 N. Garey Avenue, Pomona, CA 91767, 909-865-9500) in advance and request that they call a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), a nurse who is specially trained to collect evidence. A SANE nurse is usually on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Evidence can be collected up to 96 hours after the incident. If you have changed clothing since the incident, bring the clothing you had on at the time with you to the hospital in a clean paper bag or wrapped in a clean sheet (plastic containers do not breathe, and may render evidence useless). If you have not changed clothes, bring a change of clothes with you to the hospital.
You can take a support person with you to the hospital, and they can accompany you through the exam, if you want. If you would like someone from your college’s staff to accompany you to the hospital, contact Campus Safety at 909-607-2000 and ask them to contact the Dean on call.
If you go to the hospital, the police will be called, but you are not obligated to talk to the police or to pursue prosecution. Collecting evidence will not obligate you to any course of action but can assist the authorities in pursuing criminal charges should you decide to do so, now or at a later date.
- Seek support: Don’t be afraid to ask for help and support; feelings of shame, guilt, fear, and shock are normal. Call a trusted friend or family member or contact one of the on and off campus support resources.
- Talk with your Title IX Coordinator about your options. Your institution’s Title IX Coordinator will review your options and support resources both on and off campus.