Sexual assault is a traumatic experience that
often leaves those involved with varying emotions and concerns for physical safety.
There are options available for care in the aftermath of a sexual assault. There is no “right way” or
“right thing” to do. The best option is the one that ensures self-care. A victim of sexual assault
is never at fault for what occurred. Healing takes time. It is never too late to seek help. There are services
available on campus including confidential support through the Counseling Center, the Sexual Violence Prevention
Response and Education Coordinator, and Student Health Services.
There are several medical options to consider after a sexual assault. This time is often
confusing, frustrating, and filled with a wide range of emotions.
It is recommended to seek medical care as soon as possible. Even if there are not any visible
physical injuries, there may be a risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection. Women may
also be at risk for pregnancy.
Within 120 Hours/10 Days of the assault, the following options are available at Mercy Medical
|General Medical Exam:
||Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE):
|Check for injuries
||Check for injuries
|Screen for STD's, HIV, Pregnancy
||Screen for STD's, HIV, Pregnancy
|Interviewed by a doctor or nurse.
||Interviewed by SAFE nurse examiner.
||Gathers evidence for use in court.
|Usually seen within 4 hours of arrival.
||Usually seen within 2 hours of arrival.
||Preserves legal chain of evidence.
|Does not require you to report to police.
||Does not require you to report to police. Evidence is saved in perpetuity.
|Can be used in a criminal suit, but less effective than SAFE exam.
|May inquire about medical advice from Loyola Health Center, but will be referred to
Mercy for medical attention.
||An advocate from Turn Around may arrive to be with you during the exam and provide
|Paid by you and/or health insurance.
||Paid for by the state whether you report to the police or not.
AFTER 120 HOURS of the incident, the following options are available:
|General Medical Exam:
|Check for injuries, even healed injuries, at Loyola Health Center or Mercy Hospital
|Screen for STD’s, HIV, pregnancy at Loyola Health Center or Mercy Hospital ER
|Even after 120 hours, it is recommended that you seek medical attention
Sexual assault is a traumatic experience that often leaves those involved with many emotions, which may
include shock, anxiety, irritability, confusion, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. It is important to be
aware that everyone responds differently to a crisis situation. Some will have immediate, intense
reactions and others will have delayed reactions. Remember that there are services available on campus
- The Counseling Center provides free and confidential support through in-person and telehealth
services. Students who have experienced a sexual assault may seek daytime emergency services
Monday-Friday, 8:30am- 5:00pm by coming into the Counseling Center (Humanities 150) or calling
410-617-2273 and requesting to meet with the Emergency Counselor. Initial, non-urgent appointments
may be scheduled Online or
by calling 410-617-2273.
- The Sexual Violence Prevention,
Education, and Response Coordinator, provides confidential support and advocacy for students
who have experienced sexual misconduct, including supporting students in seeking medical care and
understanding their reporting options. They can be reached in the Women's Center, Seton Court
04A, or by calling 410-617-6769.
- If the incident occurs after business hours or on the weekend, contact the Office of Student Life
(RA, GRC, or AD) or the Counseling Center crisis line at 410-617-5530, which can assist with
connecting to confidential campus resources after business hours. To contact Student Life staff
after-hours, call the Office of Public Safety at 410-617-5911 and request to speak with the
Assistant Director on-call.
- Students who have experienced a sexual assault may need flexibility around class attendance and
assignments, their on-campus obligations, and having a safe space to reside on campus. The Office of Title IX provides
accommodations for students who experienced sexual violence, including support with academics,
housing, and on-campus activities. Students do not need to file a Title IX report to access
Students have options to report a sexual assault through the on-campus conduct process and/or for
criminal proceedings with off-campus law enforcement. The decision to report a sexual assault for
adjudication on or off-campus is made by the survivor and is not mandatory. Students are eligible for
supportive services on-campus regardless of whether a sexual assault is formally reported. On-campus
reporting occurs through the Office
of Title IX, Public Safety, and the Sexual
Violence Prevention Response and Education Coordinator can assist with making reports to
off-campus law enforcement, when requested. Please note that the Office of Title IX and Public Safety
are not confidential resources.
If you are considering off-campus reporting or legal action, the following recommendations are made to
assist with evidence preservation:
- Place clothing in a brown paper bag is recommended if you change clothes.
- Do not bathe, wash your hands, brush your teeth, eat, or smoke.
- If you are still in the location at which the crime occurred, do not clean or straighten up or
- Write down all the details you can recall about the attack and the perpetrator.
- If you suspect you have been drugged, request that a urine sample be collected to preserve evidence.
- Consent: Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence includes multiple behaviors that occur without the consent of the survivor. Review the definitions of consent and various forms of sexual misconduct.
- Common Reactions: While every survivor and situation is unique, there are some common reactions to sexual assault and intimate partner violence.
- For Women of Color: The Women of Color Network offers information about sexual assault and intimate partner violence for women of color.
- How to Offer Support: Knowing how to help a friend who has been sexually assaulted or a victim of intimate partner violence is often challenging. Consider these suggestions on how to support a survivor.
- Take the Pledge: Take the It's On Us Pledge to make a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault. The It's on Us campaign was launched by President Obama to help put an end to sexual violence on college campuses.
150 Humanities Center
Sexual Violence Prevention Response and Education Coordinator
Student Health and Education Services
Seton Hall 02A
Residence Life & Housing
Seton Hall 08B
Mercy Medical Center
345 St Paul Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202