After a Sexual Assault
Brown students can get help by calling one of these sexual assault resources:
- Sexual Assault Response Line, 401.863-6000. This number can connect you with the confidential help of a Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor who can provide you with information as well as accompany you to the hospital if needed. If you are concerned for your safety, the sexual assault response line will give you the option to contact the Department of Public Safety. If you are away from Brown and concerned about safety, call 911.
- SHARE Advocates in BWell Health Promotion. Confidential support. (brown.edu/bwell, 401.863-2794, 3rd floor of Health Services). Help is available for students who have experienced sexual violence and abuse in a relationship. Confidential services include support for a survivor or the friends of a survivor, help exploring options to address the incident (such as filing a complaint, if that is the student's choice) and educational programs for the student community. When you get support, you do not have to pursue any specific course of action and no action will be taken unless it's something you choose.
Consider Getting Medical Care
You can receive confidential medical care without reporting what happened to the police. You can decide what medical care you want or don't want. Even if you think that you do not have any physical injuries, you can get medical care to discuss STIs, drug screening, and pregnancy prevention.
Time Sensitive Medical Decisions
All services, except evidence collection and drug testing, can be provided for Brown students by Health Services.
- If you are concerned about pregnancy, you can prevent pregnancy by taking emergency contraception within 120 hours (5 days) of the assault. Emergency contraception is most effective when taken as soon as possible.
- HIV prophylaxis treatment needs to be started within 72 hours.
- If you think you were drugged or consumed a sedative-like substance, local emergency rooms can conduct drug testing. Ask the medical provider at the emergency room to take a urine sample. Date rape drugs like GHB and Rohypnol are more likely to be detected in urine than in blood. If you still have remnants of the drink, save them for analysis.
- Drug screening can be done, at an emergency room, up to 72 hours after the incident but is optimally done within 12 hours. Since many of these drugs clear the system quickly, a negative test result does not necessarily mean that no drug was involved.
- If you would like, evidence can be collected, at an emergency room, for up to 96 hours after an assault. You can decide later whether or not you want to press criminal charges. Try to preserve all evidence of the assault. Avoid drinking, bathing, showering, douching, brushing your teeth, or changing your clothes.
Having information will allow you to make informed decisions about what you do or don't want to do next.
Visit the BWell Health Promotion website for extensive information on sexual assault, including the medical exam, emergency contraception and on-campus and off-campus resources and support.