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What To Do If You’ve Been Assaulted

What to Do if You’ve Been Assaulted

  1. Get to a safe place immediately.
  2. Seek support from someone you trust.
  3. Call Campus Safety (434-947-8000) if the incident occurred on campus; call the Lynchburg Police (911) if the incident occurred off campus. To speak to someone confidentially, please reach out to the Counselor On Call by contacting Campus Safety and asking to speak to a counselor about a confidential situation. You can also contact the Sexual Assault Response Program’s 24-hour hotline (888-947-7273). For daytime emergencies, please walk in to the Counseling Center, located behind Webb Hall.
  4. In order to best preserve physical evidence, please do not: shower, douche, urinate, eat, drink, brush your teeth or hair, or smoke. If you need to change clothes, keep the clothes you were wearing in a paper bag. Do not move or destroy any evidence that may be present at the scene of the incident. Don’t clean or straighten your room until the Police have had time to examine it.
  5. Visit Lynchburg General Hospital’s Emergency Department for: immediate medical attention for injuries; STI/STD testing and treatment; emergency contraception; or to have physical evidence collected by a Forensic Nurse Examiner (PERK). Campus Safety can transport you to the hospital.
    Lynchburg General Hospital
    1901 Tate Springs Road
    Lynchburg, VA 24501
  1. Write down any details you can remember about what happened to you. Tell a trusted friend, as well.
  2. Remember that the assault is not your fault. You did nothing to cause it. There are many people on campus to support you. Reach out when you feel ready.

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