Sexual Violence Prevention

IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED SEXUAL VIOLENCE, YOU MAY BE WONDERING WHAT TO DO NEXT...

Go to a safe place.
If you are concerned for your safety and feel that the perpetrator knows your location, consider going to a safe place.  This might include going to a well lighted area, a public building, a location where others are present, or calling the police.  If you need safe transportation, officers are available to provide escort services by calling (620) 341-5337

Acknowledge the need for support.
Enlist the support of a trusted friend, family member, ESU Counselor (620) 341-5222, or SOS Advocate (620) 342-1870.

Preserve evidence.
Do not bathe, shower, douche, brush your teeth, or change clothes, and if possible, do not urinate. The sooner you go to a hospital the better. If you agree, a forensic exam will be done to collect medical evidence. An advocate from SOS can stay with you if you chose to support you and help you understand your options. Evidence deteriorates rapidly, but some evidence can be collected up to 72 hours after the assault. If you have evidence collected now, you will have the option to press charges sometime in the future. If, however, no evidence is collected, future legal options may be limited.

Seek medical attention.
Go to the Emergency Room at Newman Hospital, 1201 West 12th Avenue, Emporia (620) 343-6800. If you think you may have been given a drug such as rohypnol or GHB, tell the health care provider. He or she can do a test for drugs. You may need treatment for injuries, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, and medication to prevent pregnancy. The medication to prevent pregnancy must be given within 72 hours of the assault. If you are under 18, the law requires many helping professionals to report your assault to the authorities.

Consider reporting the incident.
Contact ESU Police & Safety (620) 341-5337 and/or Emporia Police Department (620-343-4200) if you want to report the incident. The sooner you call the better! Collection of evidence at the scene and the examination of evidence is time sensitive. A female officer can be requested.

Create a plan.
Do you need accommodations in order to feel safe on campus? If so, ESU can help! By reporting the incident to the Title IX Coordinator (620-341-5379), you can receive help with reporting the incident, adjusting on-campus living arrangements, managing academic obligations, and arranging emotional support and medical care. The Title IX Coordinator will launch an investigation of the incident and pursue prompt and effective remedial actions.

Seek counseling.
Many survivors of sexual violence say counseling helped them and recommend it for others. Reactions to sexual violence can vary from person to person, and counseling can be a beneficial way to work through your specific reaction. Confidential counseling services are available at the ESU Student Wellness Center (620-341-5222). Counselors will not report incidents of sexual violence for further investigation but can assist and support survivors who want to pursue further action.

IF YOUR FRIEND OR LOVED ONE HAS EXPERIENCED SEXUAL VIOLENCE, YOU MAY BE WONDERING WHAT TO DO...

Start the conversation if you are comfortable. Tell the survivor that you believe them & thank them for telling you. Be a good listener.

Give the survivor power.
Ask permission before doing anything (e.g., if you can sit down, if you can talk to someone else for additional support, etc.).

Acknowledge the need for support.
Call SOS (620) 342-1870, ESU Counseling Services (620) 341-5222

Preserve evidence.
Inform the survivor that in order to preserve evidence, he/she should not bathe, shower, douche, brush teeth, or change clothes, and if possible, not urinate. The sooner the survivor goes to a hospital the better. If the survivor agrees, a forensic exam will be done to collect medical evidence. An advocate from SOS can stay with the survivor if he/she chooses, to provide support and help the survivor understand his/her options. Evidence deteriorates rapidly, but some evidence can be collected up to 72 hours after the assault. If evidence is collected now, the survivor will have the option to press charges sometime in the future. If, however, no evidence is collected, future legal options may be limited.

Seek medical attention.
Go to the Emergency Room at Newman Hospital, 1201 West 12th Avenue, Emporia (620) 343-6800. If the survivor thinks he/she may have been given a drug such as rohypnol or GHB, tell the health care provider. He or she can do a test for drugs. The survivor may need treatment for injuries, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, and medication to prevent pregnancy. The medication to prevent pregnancy must be given within 72 hours of the assault. If the survivor is under 18, the law requires many helping professionals to report the assault to the authorities.

Consider reporting the incident.
Contact ESU Police & Safety (620) 341-5337 and/or Emporia Police Department (620-343-4200) if the survivor wants to report the incident. The sooner you call the better! Collection of evidence at the scene and the examination of evidence is time sensitive. A female officer can be requested.

Create a plan.
Help the survivor make a plan for the next few days and follow up to see how he/she is doing. By reporting the incident to the Title IX Coordinator (620-341-5379), the survivor can receive help with reporting the incident, adjusting on-campus living arrangements, managing academic obligations, and arranging emotional support and medical care. The Title IX Coordinator will launch an investigation of the incident and pursue prompt and effective remedial actions.

Seek counseling.
Many survivors of sexual violence-- and those who assist survivors-- say counseling helped them and recommend it for others. Reactions to sexual violence can vary from person to person, and counseling can be a beneficial way to work through your specific reaction. Confidential counseling services are available at the ESU Student Wellness Center (620) 341-5222. Counselors will not report incidents of sexual violence for further investigation but can assist and support survivors who want to pursue further action.