Help for Survivors
If you experience an incident of sexual misconduct, which includes sexual assault, stalking and dating/relationship violence, you have the right to choose your course of action and set the pace.
Talk to a Confidential Advocate
If you want to discuss sexual assault, dating/relationship violence, stalking or sexual harassment in confidence, reach out to the WSU Confidential Advocate Jessica Schulz at 507.457.2956 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a confidential resource, Jessica is not legally mandated to report instances of sexual and gender violence to law enforcement or university officials.
She can help outline all of your options and rights, address your concerns, and support you through a reporting process (should you choose to file a report).
Try to remember and write down as many facts about the incident as you can. Consider preserving evidence such as clothing, bedding, letters, texts, emails, or photos. Without this evidence, it is more difficult to investigate the incident.
If you have been sexually assaulted, it's important to seek medical attention immediately regardless of whether you report the matter to the police. Timely reporting aids in prosecution, though sexual assaults may be reported at any time.
Do not wash, douche, brush your teeth, or change your clothing before the medical examination. Ideally, physical evidence should be collected within 48 hours after the assault.
If you believe you have been given a drug in an attempt to facilitate a sexual assault, visit the closest emergency room immediately. The following locations offer treatment for sexual assault survivors:
- Winona Health: 24/7 emergency treatment for sexual assault survivors
- WSU Health Services: The campus has a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) on staff. Exams for sexual assault can be completed Monday to Friday, 8am - 4:30pm
- Olmstead County Medical Center: 24-Hour emergency treatment
By state law, treatment for sexual assault is confidential and paid for by the county.