• Go to a safe place.

  • Tell someone you can trust: the police, a S.A.R.T. volunteer, a Resident Advisor or Resident Coordinator, a friend, counselor, or minister. You need emotional support and assistance in making a plan. Remember that only S.A.R.T. can provide you anonymity and only the Counseling Center, Health Center or chaplains can offer confidentiality. Click on Who Can Help for more on helping resources.

  • Call Public Safety (305) 284-6666 if the assault occurred on campus, or Central Dispatch (911) if it occurred off-campus. For investigative purposes, the police recommend that you do not change your clothes, bathe or shower, eat or drink after a sexual assault. These activities could destroy evidence in the event that you decide to prosecute the assailant later.

  • When UM Public Safety is involved, they will usually contact a member of the S.A.R.T. team when they are notified of a sexual assault. You may also contact S.A.R.T. yourself at (305) 798-6666. The advocate who takes your call can arrange to meet you if you wish, at a campus office or can assist you over the phone.

  • The police will take you to the hospital for a medical examination. Normally they will take you to the Rape Treatment Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. You can bring a friend or a S.A.R.T. advocate can go with you, if you wish. Bring a change of clothes with you. The doctor will give you a rape examination to collect evidence, and will provide medical treatment as well.

  • If you decide not to contact the police or to forgo a rape exam, you may go to the Student Health Center to be checked. You may have injuries of which you are unaware. You probably will want to discuss pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases with a doctor too.
  • NOTE: We strongly advise having an exam at the Rape Treatment Center.
  • As soon as you can, write down everything you remember in as much detail as possible. This will help you in your own healing process as well as help if you do decide to take legal action.

  • Remember that the assault was not your fault. Don't hesitate to get support.