Xavier Police

Reporting a Sexual Assault

The Crime Prevention office has several programs designed for students and staff. These include a self-defense class, how to report a sexual assault, date rape drugs, and sexual assault prevention. Anyone interested in these programs can contact XUPD 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 and 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.