What to Do After an Assault

Title IX and Sexual Misconduct

After an incident of sexual assault or violence, you have many options when it comes to seeking help, filing a report and accessing resources. Whatever you decide, remember it is your choice how and when to proceed.

Secure Your Safety

If you have been assaulted, find a safe environment away from your assailant. This could be an on-campus location such as Safety and Security, Health Services or Counseling Services, or with a trusted friend or loved one. 

Once you are in a safe environment, call RAINN's sexual assault hotline at (800) 656-4673 to request a hospital referral and check the availability of an emergency advocate. You may also consider contacting the police or University officials to make a report or statement. RAINN suggests writing your account of the event, a description of the assailant and as many details as possible.

Seek Medical Attention

You are encouraged to seek medical attention to treat injuries and discuss needs related to sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. Medical professionals are trained to support you by providing medical care, resources and referrals. Seeking medical attention does not mean you have to make an official report of the incident.

While it's best to seek medical attention within 24 hours after an assault, you can do this at any time. You will be asked if you want to work with a sexual assault nurse examiner or sexual assault forensic examiner to receive care, document details of the assault and collect evidence. Evidence is best preserved if you avoid changing clothes, showering, using the bathroom, brushing teeth and eating/drinking.

Newport Hospital's frequently asked questions include information about sexual assault nurse examiners, privacy, transportation, costs and other resources.


The health and safety of every Salve Regina student is of utmost importance. We recognize that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (voluntarily or involuntarily) may hesitate to make a report due to violating University policies. We strongly encourage students (those impacted, a bystander or supporter) to report incidents of sexual misconduct to University officials. Those acting in good faith will not be subject to code of conduct action for violations of alcohol and/or drug policies occurring at or near the time of the incident.