What to do?

Victim of Sexual Assault or Rape(**excerpts taken from www.rainn.org)

Please know that being raped or sexually assaulted is never the victim's fault. If you have been sexually assaulted or raped, you have options and resources to help you through the situation. Below is information about actions available to you.

Call 911 or your local police department

On-Campus Authorities / Off-Campus Authorities

Safety - Find a safe location away from your attacker.

Injuries - If you suspect you are injured (broken bones, lacerations, concussion, etc.) please seek medical attention in an emergency room or doctor’s office.

Reporting (law enforcement) - If you would like to report the crime to the police consider the following:

  • Preserve all evidence of the attack.
  • DNA evidence is an integral part of a law enforcement investigation that can build a strong case.

After the Assault Do Not:

  • Bathe, shower, or wash your hands or face.
  • Use the restroom.
  • Change clothes. (*if you have changed clothes, put your clothes in a paper bag)
  • Comb hair.
  • Clean up the crime scene,
  • Eat, drink, chew gum or mints, brush your teeth or smoke.
  • Move anything the offender may have touched.

Sexual Assault Forensic Exam

A forensic medical exam, sometimes called a rape kit, is performed at a hospital or other healthcare facility by a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE). Medical and forensic exams are comprehensive because the victim deserves and needs special attention to ensure that they are medically safe and protected. During the interview and the exam, the victim will have the choice to have an advocate present to help support her/him through the process and answer questions.

Chambersburg Hospital WIN: Women in Need
SART Program - Sexual Assault Response Team Franklin & Fulton County
112 North Seventh Street 156 E. Queen Street
Chambersburg, PA 17201 Chambersburg, PA 17201
(717) 267-3000 (717) 264-4444
*WIN operates the SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) at the Chambersburg Hospital. They also provide an advocate for every forensic exam.

Even if the victim has not yet decided to report the crime, receiving a forensic medical exam and keeping the evidence safe from damage will improve the chances that the police can access and test the stored evidence at a later date.

Preserving DNA evidence can be key to identifying the perpetrator in a sexual assault case, especially those in which the offender is a stranger, to show that a sexual assault occurred and to show that the defendant is the source of biological material left on the victim’s body.

Report (university)

Students have the right to report sexual assault and rapes to Shippensburg University to be investigated and adjudicated through our Student Code of Conduct. To report an incident to the university, please contact either the Dean of Students Office or the Office of Social Equity. Faculty and staff, with the exception of employees in the Counseling Center, Women’s Center, Etter Health Center and Spiritual Center, are required to report incident of sexual misconduct, including, but not limited to rape, sexual assault, harassment and intimate partner violence.

Dr. David Lovett Stephanie Erdice, Interim Director of Social Equity
Dean of Students Shippensburg University Title IX Coordinator
Old Main 210 Old Main 200
1871 Old Main Drive 1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257 Shippensburg, PA 17257
dllove@ship.edu smerdice@ship.edu
(717) 477-1164 (717) 477-1161

Seek Counseling, Support Services, and Other Information

Healing from an attack takes time and there are many resources to help you. Give yourself the time you need and know that it is never too late to get help. The following resources can provide answers to question and support throughout your healing process. All the resources are confidential. Local, off-campus agencies operate 24 hour hotlines and can be reached at any time. The internet can also be a good option for finding confidential information. The national website below can help you gather information and get questions answered.

On-campus / Local Off-campus / National