Self Help - Sexual Assault
What To Do If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted:
- 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
Memphis Sexual Assault
Resource Center (MSARC)-272-2020
If off campus -
Memphis Police Department-911
Nearest Emergency Room
- Do NOT take a shower, douche or change clothes.
- You must make an informed decision of whether or not to report the assault.
If you report a sexual assault to campus administration, UT Police or the Memphis Police Department, such a report will become public record.
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.
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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University Health Services
910 Madison Ave. Suite 922
Memphis, Tennessee 38163