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 confidential advocate by calling 507.457.2956 or texting 507.470.0403.

You can reach someone 24/7 with the Advocacy Center of Winona hotline (24/7) 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 Campus Confidential Advocate at 507.457.2956 or the Advocacy Center of Winona (24/7) at 507.452.4453.


Consider Reporting

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.

Confidential Campus Advocate


507.470.0403 (Text)

Jessica Schulz provides free and confidential support for students who are victims and survivors of sexual violence, dating and domestic violence, stalking, harassment, racism, and discrimination.

She also provides:

  • Assistance with personal safety planning
  • Referrals to resources
  • Information about what to expect if you report the crime to the university
  • Information for family and friends of victims/survivors

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.

Lori Mikl
Title IX Coordinator
Director of Affirmative Action/Equity & Legal Affairs

Confidential Campus Advocate

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.

Medical Help

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.

WSU follows the Minnesota State policies regarding sexual violence, discrimination and harassment:

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