Steps to Take
Sexual assault and/or rape is defined as “any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of under age, mental illness, mental deficiency, intoxication, unconsciousness, or deception. This includes forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling. Non-forcible sex offenses are acts of “unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse,” and include incest and statutory rape.
Sexual assaults can happen anywhere and often by someone the person knows. The effects are multi-dimensional: physical, psychological, emotional, medical and legal. If you have been the victim of this crime please contact one of the numbers listed below for confidential assistance and services to help you with recovery.
What To Do If You Are Sexually Assaulted
Find a safe environment - anywhere away from the attacker. Ask a trusted friend to stay with you for moral support.
Preserve evidence of the attack - don't bathe or brush your teeth. Don't wash the clothes you were wearing. Write down all the details you can recall about the attack & the attacker.
Call someone for help:
TSU Police Dept: 963-5171 24 hours a day
TSU Counseling Center: 963-5629
Rape and Sexual Abuse Center of Nashville: 256-8526
The National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 for free, confidential counseling, 24 hours a day
Get medical attention! Even with no physical injuries, it is important to determine the risks of STDs and pregnancy
To preserve forensic evidence, ask the hospital to conduct a rape kit exam
If you suspect you may have been drugged, ask that a urine sample be collected
Report the rape to law enforcement authorities, a counselor can provide the information you will need to understand the process
It wasn’t your fault
It is never too late to get help. Contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-4673) for more information
RAPE IS A VIOLENT CRIME THAT AFFECTS EVERYONE