Reporting a Sexual Assault

The Crime Prevention office has several programs designed for female students and staff. These include a self defense class, how to report a sexual assault, date rape drugs, and sexual assault prevention. Any one interested in these programs can contact the campus police Crime Prevention Sergeant at 513 745-2000.

What to do if you are sexually assaulted?

  1. Find a safe environment -- anywhere away from the attacker. Ask a trusted friend to stay with you.
  2. Preserve evidence of the attack -- don't bath. shower, douche, or brush your teeth. Write down all the details you can recall about the attack and the attacker.
  3. Call the police -- they can help you not only with a report but also with support resources in the area.
  4. Seek medical & emotional support. Even with no physical injuries, it is important to determine the risks of STDs and pregnancy. Ask the hospital to conduct a rape kit exam and if you think you may have been drugged, ask that a urine sample be taken.
  5. Remember that it was not your fault and that emotional healing from a rape takes time. Give yourself the time you need.

How You Can Help a Victim

  • Listen.
  • Be supportive and non-judgmental.
  • Make it clear that the sexual assault was not the victim's fault.
  • Don't pry. Let the victim choose which details to release.
  • Offer options. Suggest:
    • seeking medical assistance
    • calling the police
    • seeking emotional support
    • telling others about the assault
  • Let the victim make choices. Do not control the situation. During the assault, the victim's control was removed. You should let the victim make her/ his own decisions and begin to regain control.
  • If you are uncertain what the victim wants from you, just ask.
  • Don't let your own emotions color your response.
  • A sexual assault often has an impact on people close to the victim. These people may need help also.