What Should I Do If I Am a Victim of Sexual Assault?

First and foremost, make sure you are safe from further harm. Call someone you trust, such as a friend, the Office of the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Support Services, and/or Campus Security.

  • Do not bathe or douche. Do not eat or have anything to drink. Try not to urinate if possible.
  • If oral contact took place, do not smoke, drink, eat, or brush your teeth.
  • Go to the hospital emergency room. Medical attention is vital, as you may have injuries of which
    you are unaware. They can also test you for sexually transmitted diseases, and provide
    emergency contraception if desired.
  • If you’ve already changed clothes, place them in a paper bag (plastic destroys evidence). If you
    haven’t changed, keep the original clothes on, and bring an extra set to wear home from the
    hospital. The police may need to keep your clothes for evidence.

YOU NEED NOT FORMALLY REPORT THE INCIDENT TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION OR RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY.

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a Registered Nurse trained in the nursing field of forensics to
provide comprehensive care to sexual assault patients. The forensic examination of a sexual assault
victim by the SANE includes:

  • Forensic examination of sexual assault victims with evidence collection, 24 hours/day, 7 days a
    week.
  • Treatment/documentation of injuries.
  • Treatment and evaluation of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Pregnancy risk evaluation.
  • Collection of medical legal evidence while maintaining proper chain of custody.
  • Expert witness testimony.

Athens/Limestone Hospital
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)
256.233.9152

Decatur/Morgan General
256.341.2000

Decatur/Morgan General
Parkway Campus
256.350.2211