If You've Been Assaulted

There are resources available if you have been assaulted. You're not alone. If you need assistance, please call the confidential helpline at any time day or night: 507.457.5610.

1

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.

2

Find a safe environment and 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.
3

Speak to Someone Confidentially

If you’d like to speak to someone confidentially, call the WSU 24/7 Confidential GBV Helpline at 507.457.5610 to speak to an advocate.
4

Consider Reporting

If you are considering reporting, do not wash or bathe. Put clothes into a paper bag to preserve them.
5

Seek Medical Attention

An evidentiary exam, which can include treatment for STIs and pregnancy testing and prevention, will help you make the best choices for you. There is no charge for the exam. All services are free and strictly confidential.
6

Get Further Support

Consider contacting resources in order to receive additional support or to learn more about options you may choose, including reporting the assault to the university and/or to law enforcement.