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Sexual Assault

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.

Medical Care

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 Center (410-332-9000):

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 follow-up services.
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 ER
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
Emotional Support

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 for support.

  • 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 accommodations.
Reporting Options

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 remove anything.
  • 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.

Additional Information

  • 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.


Counseling Center
150 Humanities Center

Sexual Violence Prevention Response and Education Coordinator
Women’s Center 

Student Health and Education Services
Seton Hall 02A

Residence Life & Housing
Seton Hall 08B

Public Safety
Emergency: 410-617-5911 
Non-Emergency: 410-617-5311

Turn Around
24-hour Hotline

Mercy Medical Center
345 St Paul Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202

Contact Us

Humanities, Room 150
One flight up the turret entrance
Phone: 410-617-CARE (2273)

Call to schedule an appointment
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


REACT Online

REACT is an online video that explains how to help yourself or someone you care about cope in healthy ways after a distressing life event (such as a trauma, assault, or loss).