Options For Survivors

An investigator or counselor can give you information and support before you decide what to do next. You may have any or all of these options:

Call Campus Safety (724-223-6032) or 911 for immediate help or if you are afraid that you may be hurt again.

Get medical attention, including a wellness exam and emergency contraception.

Speak with a crisis advocate on campus (member of the Administrator on Call Team - 724-223-6032) or in the community (Washington Crisis Center 877-225-3567). These people are trained to listen to you and to offer information and support for all of your options. They can also help you decide whether to report to the police or go to the hospital.

Get crisis intervention and on-going therapy from Student Health and Counseling.

Make a report to the college, which will allow the college to provide services such as no-contact orders, academic support, and emergency housing.

Report to law enforcement in the jurisdiction where the assault took place. Campus and Public Safety can assist you with that process. If you think you might want to report to the police, it is important that you preserve any evidence. This could include physical evidence (including fibers or fluids on your body or clothes) and messages.

Get a restraining order to keep the offender from contacting you on and off campus, even if you don’t make a police report.

Additional Options for Recent Sexual Assault

Medical care: You may have injuries that can be treated at an emergency room or the Student Health and Counseling Center. You can ask about medications to prevent some sexually transmitted diseases. Emergency contraception (available at some pharmacies without a prescription) can reduce the chance of pregnancy. If you need transportation to the hospital, Campus & Public Safety can coordinate or contact an Administrator on Call to coordinate transportation to and from the hospital.

Sexual Assault Forensic Exam: If it has been less than 48 hours since the assault, you can receive a medical forensic exam from a trained nurse at an emergency room. The nurse will collect any evidence that may be on our body or clothes. You can have a friend or advocate with you. There is no cost to you. You do not have to talk to law enforcement. Without an exam, it is very hard to prove to a criminal court that the assault happened. If you think you might want an exam, it's best not to shower, change clothes, eat or drink, or go to the bathroom.