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