If you have been a victim of sexual violence

  • Know that you’re the victim and it is not your fault
  • Find a safe environment and a trusted friend to stay with you
  • If you have been drinking and you’re underage, reporting the assault does not mean you will get a minor consumption ticket

Consider reporting the crime

  • Report the assault to WSU Security, call 507.457.5555 or the Winona Police: 507.454.6302 or 911
  • Report the assault and find a trained sexual assault advocate through the Women’s Resource Center to help you through the process: 507.452.4440
    • A sexual assault advocate is a person who will listen to you in a non-judgmental and supportive manner, describe and suggest your options, but allow you to decide what course of action to take

Consider talking to someone

  • Trained professional counselors at the Winona State University’s Counseling Center are available to you at no charge. They provide confidential, supportive counseling. The counselor will also provide options if you choose to report the assault. Please contact 507.457.5330
  • If you live on campus, seek out your RA/CA or Hall Director for support. They will be able to help you with options for reporting, counseling and assistance
  • The Women’s Resource Center of Winona helps victims by providing trained advocates who respond to the immediate and on-going needs of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault 24 hours a day. Contact them at 507.452.4440.  The Women Resource Center provides:
    • Short-term, emergency, and confidential housing for individuals escaping violence
    • Legal, financial, shelter, and other resource referrals
    • Assistance with preparing and filing Orders for Protection and Harassment Restraining Orders

Consider taking steps to preserve physical evidence

  • If possible, go directly to the Emergency Room at Winona Health
  • It is best not to bathe or wash and keep your clothing in a paper bag to preserve evidence
  • Consider seeking medical attention at Winona Health (hospital)
    • A rape exam and tests for sexual transmitted infections and pregnancy will help you make the best choices for you
    • There is no charge for the exam

If someone has sexually assaulted you, you are not alone. There are resources for sexual assault survivors.