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Self Help - Sexual Assault


What To Do If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted:

  1. Go to a safe place and seek campus assistance through:
    University Health ...........................448-5630
    after 5:00 p.m. .....................541-5654
    Student Mental Health ...................448-5064
    Campus Police .........................448-4444
    Memphis Sexual Assault
    Resource Center (MSARC) ....272-2020
    If off campus -
    Memphis Police Department ...........911
    Nearest Emergency Room
  2. Do NOT take a shower, douche or change clothes.
  3. You must make an informed decision of whether or not to report the assault.

CONS

If you report a sexual assault to campus administration, UT Police or the Memphis Police Department, such a report will become public record.

PROS

Reporting a sexual assault,

  • will allow the police to assist the victim in obtaining medical services.
  • assures the victim immediate safety.
  • allows the police to pursue the perpetrator more efficiently.
  • allows police to gather physical evidence from the assault
  • provides increased security for others on campus.

NOTE

Reporting an incident is a separate step from choosing to prosecute. When you file a report, you are not obligated to continue with legal proceedings or university disciplinary action.

IF YOU DECIDE NOT TO REPORT THE INCIDENT:

SEVERAL OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO MEET YOUR MEDICAL AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS:

  • University Health Services can be of service by calling 448-5630 (day time) or 541-5654 (evening/weekends).
  • Student Mental Health at 448-5064
  • Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center (MSARC) at 272-2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Or you may choose to consult a private physician or go to an emergency department of your choice. However, emergency departments are required to report aggravated assaults.**

IF YOU CHOOSE TO REPORT A SEXUAL ASSAULT:

Call UT Police who will assist in providing security for the victim, will contact Student Mental Health and make arrangements to be seen at the MSARC.

A sexual assault victim should seek medical treatment and/or counseling to

  • minimize emotional and physical trauma
  • facilitate collection of evidence
  • test for sexually transmitted diseases
  • obtain treatment of possible injuries
  • provide a pregnancy prophylaxis if desired
  • Services provided through MSARC
  • emotional, legal and medical support
  • collection of physical and material evidence
  • emotional support to family members
  • equitable access to the criminal justice system
  • court escort service

Student Mental Health Services can provide emotional support for the victim as well as maintain confidentiality.

Medical and psychological follow-up is available as long as needed.

**An aggravated assault is defined as a sexual assault involving a weapon.


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