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What to Do if You Have Experienced Sexual Misconduct

If you are a survivor of sexual misconduct, the sooner you seek help the more options you have available to you. However, regardless of when the incident occurred it is never too late to speak with someone regarding support resources and other options, including legal and campus resolution.
  1. Get away from your attacker and to a safe place as soon as possible. Call 911 or Campus Safety.
  2. Seek medical attention to assess and treat any injuries, screen for pregnancy and any sexually transmitted infections, and collect evidence (if you consent to do so). If you decide to seek medical attention, contact the emergency room at your nearest hospital or medical clinic.
  3. If you go to the hospital, the police will be called, but you are not obligated to talk to the police or to pursue prosecution. Collecting evidence will not obligate you to any course of action but can assist the authorities in pursuing criminal charges should you decide to do so, now or at a later date.
  4. Seek support: Don't be afraid to ask for help and support; feelings of shame, guilt, fear, and shock are normal. Call a trusted friend or family member or contact one of the on and off campus confidential resources or off campus support resources.
  5. Talk with your Title IX Coordinator about your options. Your institution's Title IX Coordinator will review your options and support resources both on and off campus.
Medical Care and Evidence Collection
Although going to the hospital after a sexual assault may feel overwhelming, it is a safe place to get help. For example, at the Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children, the acute forensic examination is available to adults and minors, females and males. Examinations are done within 72 hours of a sexual assault. If you are worried about sexually transmitted infections, HIV or other medical concerns, even if it is over 72 hours since the assault, it is important to seek medical care. Medical care following sexual assault is important even if you have no visible injuries.

The acute forensic examination will:
  • Ensure that you are physically alright, and address concerns about the risks of sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, and HIV.
  • It is a good idea to collect and preserve any evidence, even if you do not want to report the assault to the police. Sometimes people change their minds and decide later that they want to pursue legal action.
To preserve evidence:
  • It is best to not wash, bathe, douche, or brush your teeth (if oral activity took place). But even if you have cleaned up, you can and should still get a medical examination.
  • If you have not changed the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault, keep these on as they can be collected at the time of the examination. If possible, bring a change of clothing.
  • If you have not changed the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault, keep these on as they can be collected at the time of the examination. If possible, bring a change of clothing.
  • If you do change, put each article of clothing you were wearing in a separate paper bag and bring everything to the hospital.
  • Do not clean or disturb the physical location where the assault occurred.
  • If you suspect that you were a victim of a rape drug, medical care for testing and collecting evidence as soon as possible is important. These drugs leave your system very quickly.
For more detailed information, please visit http://satchawaii.com/get-help-what-to-do-overview.aspx

You can take a support person with you to the hospital, and they can accompany you through the exam, if you want. If you would like someone from your college's staff to accompany you to the hospital, contact Campus Safety/Security.
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