Gender Based Violence & Sexual Assault
Experiencing gender based violence or sexual assault, can leave you feeling scared, shaken, depressed or hopeless. We can help. We encourage you to follow some immediate steps:
- Get away from attacker to a safe place and call campus police (513-745-1000) or 911.
- Call a friend, trusted family member, crisis center or a hotline such as the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673).
- Seek counseling from a trusted professional.
- McGrath Health & Wellness Center provides counseling (513-745-3022).
- Call Xavier's Advocate 24-hour hotline, 513-745-1000.
- Do not wash, comb, or clean any part of your body. Do not change clothes if possible, so the hospital staff can collect evidence. Do not touch or change anything at the scene of the assault.
- Go to Bethesda North Hospital, Good Samaritan or University of Cincinnati Medical Center as soon as possible. You need an exam, treatment for any injuries, and screening for possible sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy. The doctor/nurse will collect evidence using a rape kit for fibers, hairs, saliva, semen, or clothing that the attacker may have left behind.
- You or the hospital staff can call the police from the emergency room to file a report.
- You can help someone who has suffered assault by listening and offering comfort. Go with her/him to the police, the hospital, or to counseling. Reinforce the message that she/he is not at fault, and that it is natural to feel upset.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if needed at 800-799-SAFE (7233), 800-787-3224 (TTY). Spanish speakers are available. When you call, you will first hear a recording and may have to hold. Hotline staff offer crisis intervention and referrals. If requested, they connect women to shelters and can send out written information.
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 800-656-4673. When you call, you will hear a menu and can choose #1 to talk to a counselor. You will then connect with a counselor in your area who can help you.