A Guide for Victims of Sexual Assault

Victims of Sexual Assault

The University of North Alabama (UNA)  seeks to provide a safe environment for all of its students, faculty, and staff. Sexual misconduct of any form is a violation of an individual's rights, is emotionally and physically traumatic, and is a violation of the UNA Student Code of Conduct. It is our goal to ensure that cases of sexual assault are dealt with appropriately and that all victims receive support and care. Sexual assault affects everyone, so this information is placed here so that you may reference it if needed. All members of the UNA community are encouraged to report any incident of sexual assault, sexual misconduct, or sexual harassment.

  • As you begin the healing process, there are two points to remember
  • You do have choices.
  • There are caring people who can help you

What is Sexual Assault?

There are many legal definitions that vary from state to state. However, if anyone has committed a sexual act against you without your consent, you have been assaulted. (A person must be 16 years old or older to give legal consent.) The offense does not have to be committed by a stranger for it to be sexual assault or rape. Over 75% of rapes are committed by people who are known to the victim.

If you are Sexually Assaulted

  • Go to a safe place.
  • Seek prompt medical attention. A medical exam will provide necessary medical treatment and collect important evidence which could aid in criminal prosecution. A medical exam also helps to determine the risk of sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy.
  • Try to preserve all physical evidence. Do not bathe, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing.
  • If oral contact took place, do not eat, drink liquids, smoke, or brush your teeth.
  • Contact the police. On- or off-campus, call 911.
  • Contact a friend, family member, or other support person to be with you.

In order to leave options open for criminal prosecution, it is recommended that you seek medical treatment and report the incident to the police. The important thing to note is that YOU HAVE THE CHOICE to pursue one or both of these options. The following information is outlined to help guide you through these procedures in case you make the decision to get medical treatment or report the incident to the police.

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