If You've Been Sexually Assaulted
There are resources available if you have been sexually assaulted. You're not alone.
If you need help, please contact the campus advocate by calling 507.457.2956 during business hours.
You can reach someone 24/7 with the Advocacy Center of Winona hotline at 507.452.4453.
Know that it is Not Your Fault
Victims commonly experience feeling shame or a sense of responsibility for the assault. This is simply not true.
You didn't deserve it. You didn't ask for it. It's not your fault.
Find a Safe Place and/or a Trusted Person to Stay with You
You don't need to go through this alone. Find a friend, family member or other safe place to stay.
If none of these are immediately available to you, advocates at WSU and the Advocacy Center of Winona are here to support you.
Start with Someone Confidential
Starting with someone confidential ensures that you are aware of all of your options before making any decisions.
Call the Advocacy Center of Winona at 507.457.2956 or the 24/7 hotline at 507.452.4453.
If you are considering reporting, do not wash or bathe.
Put clothes into a paper bag to preserve them.
An advocate can tell you more about this process and accompany you each step of the way.
Seek Medical Attention
An evidentiary exam, which can include treatment for STIs and pregnancy testing and prevention, can be a help step in healing.
There is no charge for the exam. All services are free and strictly confidential.
WSU Health Services offers this service on campus. An advocate can accompany you if you would like.
Get Further Support
Here are more resources you can contact to receive additional support or to learn more about options you may choose.
There is information about how to report the assault to the university and to law enforcement.
WSU Health Services
WSU Health Services provides medical help on campus during business hours.
A SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurse is available to provide an evidentiary exam, treatment for STIs, pregnancy testing and prevention. There is no charge for the exam.
WSU Counseling Services
WSU Counseling Services provides confidential counseling, support, and referrals for victims/survivors of sexual misconduct.
Walk-in appointments are available the same day during weekday business hours.
Title IX Coordinator
Director of Affirmative Action/Equity & Legal Affairs
Director of Campus Security
Advocacy Center of Winona
The Advocacy Center of Winona provides a 24/7 crisis hotline and victim advocates who can accompany victims/survivors to a hospital, police station, or court.
Call the 24/7 Confidential GBV Helpline for:
- 24/7 crisis intervention and support
- Assistance with personal safety planning
- Crisis intervention and support
- Referrals to resources
- Answers to your questions about recovering from sexual assault
- Explanations of the criminal justice system
- What to expect if you report the crime to the police or the university
- Information about gender-based violence
- Information for family and friends of victims/survivors.
Winona Health Emergency Room
855 Mankato Avenue, Winona
The emergency room is always open for life-threatening and severe injuries, or when you want immediate care and other options are not available.
Policies & Procedures
WSU follows the Minnesota State policies regarding sexual violence, discrimination and harassment:
- Minnesota State Policy 1B.1: Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education Opportunity
- Minnesota State Policy 1B.1.1: Report/Complaint of Discrimination/Harassment Investigation and Resolution
- Minnesota State Policy 1B.3: Sexual Violence Policy
- Minnesota State Policy 1B.3.1: Sexual Violence Procedure
If someone has sexually assaulted you, you are not alone. There are resources for sexual assault survivors.