What do I do?

What Do I Do?

Go to a safe place.
Go to a friend’s room, an RA’s room, or any open offices on campus that you feel comfortable in.

Contact someone you can trust.
A friend, a family member, or a victim advocate are good resources to call. You do not have to go through this alone. In addition to the campus SAIV-RT Members, there are 24-hour hotlines available for support. Victim Advocates from the Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern Connecticut can be reached at 888-999-5545. Victim Advocates from the United Services Domestic Violence Program can be reached at 860-456-9476.

Preserve evidence.
If you think you might want to report the crime to the police, do not shower, douche, eat, brush your teeth, or wash your clothes. If the incident involves any written or electronic evidence such as pictures, texts, emails, social media posts, or videos, try to preserve copies.

Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
You do not need to make a formal report to the University or press charges to receive medical attention and treatment. You will have options for prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

Receive a forensic exam.
If you are unsure about whether you want to report the crime to the University or the police, that is okay. You can still have evidence collected at the local hospital, and then decide about reporting at a later date.

Remember that it is never too late to seek help.
You can meet with the SAIV-RT Coordinator or any other SAIV-RT resource on campus or in the community for information and support. You are not alone. You have the right to ask questions and receive answers.

The Sexual Assault & Interpersonal Violence Response Team supports and assists students in navigating campus and community resources. The SAIV-RT can help you file a formal report with the University; obtain a no-contact order; assist you in contacting the police to file a police report; obtain a protective order; provide assistance with legal procedures; and provide accommodations related to class assignments and/or on-campus living arrangements. They recognize the impact sexual assault, interpersonal violence and stalking can have on your life.

Go to a safe place.
Go to a friend’s room, an RA’s room, or any open offices on campus that you feel comfortable in.

Contact someone you can trust.
A friend, a family member, or a victim advocate are good resources to call. You do not have to go through this alone. In addition to the campus SAIV-RT Members during business hours, local police can be reached at 911 any time. University Police can be reached at 860-465-5310.

Take note of any incidents.
Keep a diary of any significant events, such as sightings of the offender, unusual voice mails or other contact, or delivery of unwanted gifts. Be sure to include dates and/or times. Keep a record of the names and contact information of witnesses to the offender’s actions. If/when you decide to report the incident, let the police know of any previous restraining orders or other court orders involving the offender.

Preserve evidence.
If the incident involves any written or electronic evidence such as pictures, texts, emails, voice mails, gifts, social media posts, or videos, try to save the originals and/or preserve copies. If the incident involves vandalism or other changes to an environment, try not to tamper with the scene. Take photographs, if possible. Provide any evidence to the police, if/when you file a report.



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