Sexual Assault

Was it sexual assault?

If you did not say, “Yes,” it was sexual assault. Remember – it was not your fault. You can make the choices now.

Next Steps

  • Talk with a trusted friend or counselor.
  • Seek medical treatment from your family doctor or Knox County Hospital at 1300 Coshocton Road in Mount Vernon.
  • Call 911 to report.
  • If you are a student at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, contact the Campus Safety Crisis Hotline at 740-397-9000, ext. 5000.
  • If you are a student at Kenyon College, contact the Campus Safety Emergency Line at 740-427-5555.
  • Call New Directions at 740-397-HELP.

If Someone You Know Is Raped

  • Believe what s/he says
  • Listen
  • Provide comfort and support
    • Ask your friend if there is anything you can do or get for her/him
  • Remind her/him that it was not his/her fault
    • S/he did not deserve what happened
  • Offer protection or a safe place to stay
  • Suggest calling a Rape Crisis Center
    • New Directions is the Rape Crisis Center of Knox County
  • Encourage your friend to preserve evidence
  • Discuss with your friend the importance of a medical exam
  • Empower her/him
    • Don’t try to take control of the situation. Allow your friend to have control over her/his own life
  • Recognize that s/he may need some personal space and time
  • Discuss the options
    • Medical exam
    • Report
    • Counseling
  • Be there for your friend in whatever way s/he needs you
  • Recognize your own limits

Adapted from OCOSA OUTREACH Summer 1993. Article by Terri Spahr Nelson, MSSW.

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