What To Do After A Sexual Assault
**Avoid showering, bathing, going to the bathroom, douching, smoking, eating, drinking, brushing your teeth or hair, or changing your clothes or bedding (if applicable) just yet. Preserve any potential evidence in a paper (versus plastic) bag**
Go to a Safe Place
Immediately after an assault, get out of physical danger and go to a safe place, such as a friend’s room, the Office of Public Safety (Heubeck Hall, ground floor, 24 hours a day) or Health and Counseling Services during (Mary Fisher Hall, top floor, regular business hours Monday-Friday).
Seek Medical Attention
As soon as you are safe, your next priority is to receive medical attention. A medical professional will check for physical injuries and sexually transmitted diseases, and can also provide emergency contraception.
Consider getting a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE)
If you have been sexually assaulted you may be eligible for a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE); this is more commonly referred to as a Rape Kit. The SAFE collects crucial evidence if you decide to pursue criminal charges. No decisions about bringing charges have to be made immediately, however, preserving the integrity of the evidence protects your future options.
When: The sooner you have a SAFE, the more evidence it will yield, but you have 120 hours/approximately five days from the time of the assault to receive one.
Where: The Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson administers the SAFE (www.gbmc.org/safe).
GBMC is located at: 6701 N. Charles Street, Towson, MD 21204. Go to the emergency room and inform the front desk staff that you need a SAFE. The SAFE is free and they will not need to take your insurance information. No documentation from the SAFE program will be sent to your home address.
Transportation: If you require transportation, you can contact the following campus offices for a cab voucher:
- Public Safety, 410-337-6111 (24 hours a day)
- Residential Life, 410-337-6424 (8:45a-5p, Monday-Friday); after hours, ask your RA to contact the RLC on-call for a cab voucher (you will not have to provide additional details to the RA).
- The TIX Office, 410-337-6329 or 410-337-6570 (10a-4p, Monday-Friday)
Bring to the hospital, if possible:
- A change of clothes, including underwear, since your clothes may be taken as evidence.
- Any evidence, such as clothing or bedding, in a paper (not plastic) bag.
- A support person. It is recommended that you call an advocate from Baltimore County’s sexual assault agency, TurnAround (24-Hour Helpline: 443-279-0379). TurnAround can send a trained advocate to be with you at the hospital and explain your options.
Call the Police
If you already know that you wish to pursue criminal charges or you feel you or someone else is in imminent danger, you can call the Baltimore County Police Department at 911 or the non-emergency line at 410-887-2222. You can request the help of Goucher Public Safety when making the call.
Seek Emotional Support
Find someone you trust to talk with about the incident. Sometimes someone doesn't want to report an assault immediately - that's OK. But these incidents can be traumatic and it's important for you to speak to someone who can provide support and help you find resources and options to address what has happened. For support resources, click here: https://www.goucher.edu/title-ix/sexual-assault-and-misconduct/support