After a sexual assault, victims often sense a loss of control. This is normal. Know that there are people on and off campus who will offer support and can help you make the decisions that are right for you to take care of yourself. You may want to report the assault immediately to authorities. You might also want to get medical attention or simply talk to someone.
On campus, call 414-288-1911
Off campus, call 911
Sexual assault can result in injury or illness that you may not immediately see or feel. It is important that you seek appropriate medical care promptly.
The Sexual Assault Treatment Center (SATC) at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, located two blocks from campus, is open through the Emergency Room entrance. Staff there can address all issues including crisis counseling, injuries, STD testing and treatment, pregnancy, and the gathering of physical evidence, as well as referrals for further care. All contact with SATC staff is confidential. SATC can be accessed in person or by phone (414-219-5555) 24 hours a day.
Resist the urge to change clothes, bathe, douche, eat, drink or brush your teeth. Do not go to the bathroom if possible. This is so that physical evidence can be collected and preserved. You do not need to decide at this time whether you want to pursue legal action but if you save the evidence, it offers you more options in the future when you are better able to decide. You also have the option to make a decision at a later date regarding reporting to the police. The staff at SATC are trained to collect and save this type of evidence for you, should you decide to use it in pursuing legal action in the future.
Marquette’s Student Health Service on campus can also provide evaluation and treatment for injuries and STDs, as well as pregnancy testing; however, it is not open 24 hours a day and is unable to collect physical evidence to pursue future legal action.
Student Health Service is open Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A sexual violence advocate is on staff at Student Health Service and can be reached at 414-288-5244. The advocate can provide information about campus and community resources and support you through each step of the process.