Steps to take if you are raped or sexually assaulted
The third edition of Obstetrics and Gynecology describes sexual assault as manual, oral, or genital contact with the genitalia of the victim without the victim's consent. Rape is the coital form of sexual assault involving oral, vaginal or anal penetration, against the victim's will, involving an element of force.
It's not your fault!
Steps to take:
- Go to a safe place.
- Preserve all physical evidence of the assault. Do not shower, bathe, douche, or brush your teeth. If possible, do not change your clothing.
- Call a friend, family member, your RA, Assistant Director of Residential Life or someone else you trust and ask her or him to stay with you.
- Report the assault to the Gable Health Center (ext. 7532) and the Albright Safety and Security Office (ext. 7670).
- Go to St. Joseph's Hospital or the Reading Hospital and Medical Center emergency department for medical care.
- Get emotional support by scheduling an appointment with the Albright College Counseling and Personal Growth Center (ext. 7640) or Berks Women in Crisis 610-372-9540.
- Always remember to take care of yourself! This is not your fault!
- If the assault happens between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, call the Gable Health Center at Albright College (ext. 7532).
- After hours call the Department of Public Safety at Albright College (ext. 7670) whether you are interested in filing a police report or not. You may be transported to the hospital at your
request by Public Safety.
- Even if you think that you do not have any physical injuries, you should still have a medical examination and discuss with a health care provider the risk of exposure to sexually transmitted diseases and the possibility of pregnancy. A medical examination is extremely important even if you are unsure if you are interested in pursuing a police report.
- If your clothing has been removed place it in a paper shopping bag or grocery bag. Do not use plastic bags. Do not disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred.
- If you suspect that you may have been given a date rape drug, ask the hospital emergency department to test for date rape drugs.
- Write down as much as you can remember about the circumstances of the assault, including a description of the assailant.
For more information, call the Gable Health Center at ext. 7532
or the Department of Public Safety at ext. 7670.