If You Are a Victim


What to do immediately after an assault:

Find a safe environment – anywhere away from the attacker. Ask a trusted friend to stay with you for moral support.

Know that what happened was not your fault and that now you should do what is best for you.

Report the attack to police by calling 911. For IUPUI Campus Police, call 317-274-7911

  • Preserve evidence of the attack – don’t shower or change clothing.
  • Write down all the details you can recall about the attack and the attacker.

Go to a Center of Hope site or a local hospital. http://www.franciscanalliance.org/hospitals/indianapolis/services/emergency-med/pages/center-of-hope.aspx 

  • Centers of Hope sites have Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners available. These nurses have been trained to gather forensic evidence, conduct a medical exam, and assist survivors.
  • If you suspect you were drugged, ask that a urine sample be collected. The sample will need to be analyzed later by a forensic lab.

If you are undecided about reporting, still consider these options:

  • Get medical attention. Even with minimal physical injuries, it is important to determine the risk of STDs and pregnancy.
  • Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline, operated by RAINN, for free, confidential counseling 24 hours a day: 1-800-656-HOPE.

Recognize that healing from sexual assault takes time. Give yourself the time you need.

Know that it’s never too late to call for help.
Many survivors do not realize they need help until months or years later.