What to Do If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted
Get to a safe place immediately.
After experiencing a traumatizing event such as rape, it is
important to find a place where you feel comfortable and safe from
harm. This location could be a friend's room, the police station,
or the local hospital.
Call the police as soon as possible.
If you are on campus and call 911, Public Safety will respond
to your call. If you are off campus and call 911, local police will
respond to your call. By calling the police, you are reporting the
crime that was committed against you, as well as seeking the
protection of the police.
Call someone who can be with you.
If you do not want to call a friend or a family member to
accompany you to the hospital or police station, an advocate from
Campus Advocates Against Sexual Violence (CAASV) (439-4841) or an
advocate from the Sexual Assault Response Center (928-4710) can
respond. If after 4:30 p.m. or on the weekend, an advocate from
CAASV may be contacted through the Public Safety office
Preserve all physical evidence.
If possible, do not bathe, shower, douche, eat, drink, smoke,
urinate, brush your teeth, or change your clothes. Do not disturb
anything in the area where the assault occurred. You may destroy
evidence. If you have changed your clothes, take the clothes you
were wearing at the time of the rape to the hospital in a paper
bag. (Plastic may destroy evidence.)
Seek medical attention.
You may have sustained injuries from the attack or contracted
a sexually transmitted disease; therefore, the sooner you seek
medical attention the better. The Student Health Clinic can provide
medical care during the hours of 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
During non-business hours or for the purpose of evidence
collection, the local hospital emergency room is preferred.
Emergency room personnel can treat you not only for injuries and
sexually transmitted diseases, but also can administer a Physical
Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK), which gathers the physical evidence
in the event that you decide to pursue an investigation.
Seek follow-up counseling.
Whether or not you report the assault or prosecute, a trained
counselor can help you deal with the emotional trauma of an
assault. You may call Campus Advocates Against Sexual Violence at
439-4841 and ask to speak to an advocate. CAASV services are
Dealing With the Aftermath: Survivor Assistance
University personnel will assist any student who is the victim
of a sex offense in notifying law enforcement, in obtaining
medical assistance, and in pursuing counseling. If a student
requests a change in her/his academic or on-campus living
situation, then the university will accommodate the student's
request if those changes are reasonably available.
University Disciplinary Procedures
There are several options available to a student who was
assaulted by another student. In addition to bringing charges
against the perpetrator in criminal or civil court, the survivor
also may seek recourse through the university disciplinary
Sexual battery or rape, in addition to being a violation of
state law, also is violation of ETSU Student Disciplinary Rules.
If a survivor initiates campus disciplinary action, both the
accuser and the accused will be informed of the following:
- The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same
opportunities to have others present during a hearing.
- Both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the
outcome of any institutional disciplinary hearing brought
alleging a sex offense.
In order to bring charges of sexual battery or rape against
another student, a student must initiate the judicial process by
contacting the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at
439-6129. (For more information about the university disciplinary
process, please refer to the section on "Policies and
Regulations" in the student handbook, the
Spectrum, which may be found in the campus telephone
If the accused student is found guilty of the alleged sex
offense, suspension or expulsion from the university may occur.
The Accuser's Rights
During the course of the disciplinary proceeding, accusers
have the following rights:
- To meet with the appropriate judicial officer to discuss
the disciplinary process.
- To submit a written account of the alleged incident.
- To be advised of the date, time and location of the
disciplinary hearing, and to request rescheduling of the
hearing for a good cause.
- To be accompanied by an advisor of the accuser's choosing
during the hearing process, although the advisor will not be
permitted to speak for the accuser during the hearing.
- To testify as a witness during the hearing.
- To decline to testify, with the knowledge that such action
could result in dismissal of the university's charges for lack
- To submit a written impact statement to the hearing panel
for consideration during the sanctioning phase of the