Sexual assault can happen to anyone, regardless of size, gender or strength. Know that this is NOT your fault. You may be replaying the situation over and over in your mind, asking yourself what you could or should have done differently. Sexual assault is an act of power and you are not responsible for another person's choices and actions.
Steps to consider:
- Get to a safe place
- Don't shower or wash clothing
- Seek medical assistance/preserve evidence. A sexual assault exam preserves your ability to file a police report and pursue criminal charges if you choose you do so. If evidence is to be collected, do not eat, drink, smoke, shower or change clothes if possible. If clothes are changed take soiled clothing to the hospital in a paper bag for evidence collection. The following hospitals are closest to the university and have experience in performing sexual assault exams:
- Sacred Heart Medical Center, 101 W. 8th Avenue, Spokane, 509.474.3131
- Providence Holy Family 5633 N. Lidgerwood Street Spokane, 509.482.0111
- Deaconess Hospital, 800 W. 5th Avenue, Spokane, 509.458.5800
- Valley Hospital, Rockwood, 12606 East Mision Avenue, 509.473.5000
- EWU Police can arrange for a free ride to one of these hospitals for a sexual assault exam by calling 509.535.9233. A Lutheran Community Services Advocate can be available to assist you at the hospital.
- Write down details. Try to write down, or have a friend write down, everything you can remember about the incident including a physical description of the perpetrator.
- Support, advocacy and resources. You are encouraged to contact Student Care Team at 509.359.7924 in the PUB 301 to learn more about your reporting options (confidential vs. private). Through this process an advocate will support you by providing a private place to discuss your situation. An advocate can also assist you in reporting to the police, exploring and arranging for counseling, academic assistance, safety planning and changes in living situations. An advocates' role is to present you options, and empower you on your journey to healing.
Reporting an act of sexual violence can be confusing. A survivor may be unsure if or when they would like to report and incident. Talking with someone for support, or to discuss if and when to report an assault can be helpful. Support/reporting options include:
Private Resources: (Information will remain as private and limited as possible)
- EWU Student Care Team: 509.359.7924, PUB 301
- EWU Police (24/7): 509.359.7676
- EWU/Cheney Police (24/7): 509.535.9233
- EWU Title IX Coordinator: 509.359.2021
- EWU Counselors on campus: 509.359.2366, Martin Hall 225
- Lutheran Community Services Sexual Assault Crisis Line (24/7): 509.624.7273
- YWCA Domestic Violence Crisis Line (24/7): 509.326.2255
- First Call for Help - Suicide (24/7): 509.838.4428