What to do Immediately Following a Sexual Assault

  • First and foremost, make sure you are safe from any further harm. If you feel that you are in an unsafe situation, contact Police Services at 911 or (802) 656-3473, and they will be able to assist you. 
  • Get to a safe place, if you can. Once there, you may want to contact HOPE Works at (802) 863-1236, the Campus Victim’s Advocate at (802) 656-7892 (during business hours), or another person that you trust to be with you.

 

Seek Medical Attention and Preserve Evidence

Preserve Evidence

  • Consider going to the UVM Medical Center or nearby emergency room to see a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)
  • While it may be exactly what you feel like doing, do not bathe or douche.  If oral contact took place, try not to eat or brush your teeth.  Even if you have done these things, you can still get a SANE examination. 
  • If you haven’t changed clothes, keep the original garments on, and bring an extra set with you to the hospital if you will be seeking medical attention. The police may need to keep your clothes as evidence if you file a report.
  • If you have changed clothes, place the clothes in a paper bag (plastic can destroy evidence).
  • Save any text messages, social media messages, or other communications that relate to the incident. 

Medical Attention

  • Medical attention is very important, as you may have obtained injuries during the assault. Go the closest emergency room (in Burlington, UVM Medical Center).
  • At the hospital, you can be tested for sexually transmitted infections and receive emergency contraception, if needed. If you think you may have been drugged, you must ask a health professional to perform a test to verify.
  • The Campus Victim's Advocate (802) 656-7892 or a community advocate with HOPE Works (802) 863-1236, may be able to meet you at the hospital to provide support and information, if desired.

You May Choose to File a Report

While you are not required to file a report in order to receive medical attention or assistance from campus and community resources, you may do so at any point following an assault. Individuals may choose to file a report with law enforcement, with AAEO, with both, or neither.  

  1. Individuals may contact AAEO directly to initiate an internal (non-criminal) investigation:
  1. To initiate a criminal investigation, individuals should contact UVM Police Services:

Seek Support

Confidential Support and Health Care Services

  • UVM Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS): Confidential counseling services for students.   (802) 656-3340
  • HOPE Works: HOPE Works provides 24-hour crisis counseling and advocacy for individuals affected by sexual violence.  HOPE Works hotline is available at (802) 863-1236 or 1-800-489-7273
  • Campus Victim’s Advocate: The Campus Victim's Advocate provides advocacy, referrals and support for faculty, staff and students who have experienced some form of sexual violence, intimate partner violence and/or stalking. These services are provided to all members of the UVM community, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, income level, ability, education or other forms of identity. (802) 656-7892
  • UVM Medical Center: Emergency Department and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner: (802) 847-2434.   Address: 111 Colchester Avenue, Main Campus, West Pavilion, Level 1, Burlington, Vermont 05401.
  • Employee Assistance Program:  Confidential counseling services for UVM employees.  Contact (802) 864-3270 or toll-free at 1-866-660-9533.
  • UVM Student Health Services: Confidential health care services for students. (802) 656-3350
  • Student Financial Services: Provides advice and guidance on financial aid and financing education. (802) 656-5700
  • Student Legal Services: Can provide students with a referral to an attorney and/or legal advice. (802) 656-4379