After a sexual assault, victims often sense a loss of control. This is normal. Know that there are people on and off campus who will offer support and can help you make the decisions that are right for you to take care of yourself. It is important to remember that:
- You have choices.
- There is no one right way to take care of yourself.
Here are some things that are important for you to consider.
1. Talk to someone you trust like a friend, family member, counselor or victim advocate.
Community Resources are listed in the Resources section of this page.
Madison College Counseling Services provides confidential on-campus counseling and can be reached at (608) 246-6076. Same day appointment services are also available during these hours for urgent concerns, including issues related to sexual violence.
Madison College has collaborated with the Rape Crisis Center (RCC) to support students in healing from, and understanding, the complexities of trauma and sexual violence. A sexual assault counselor will hold part-time hours on campus to provide confidential services to survivors seeking support. To access this service, stop by the Student Development Center or call (608) 251-7273.
2. Seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
Sexual assault can result in injury or illness that you may not immediately see or feel. It is important that you seek appropriate medical care promptly.
The Forensic Nurse Examiner Program provides direct patient care to victims of sexual violence who present to emergency departments and urgent care centers. This program delivers coordinated, expert forensic and medical care necessary to increase successful prosecution of sex offenders and to assure essential medical intervention to victims of violence. The program can coordinate with local sexual assault victim service providers to make an advocate available at the time of the exam.
3. Preserve physical evidence.
Resist the urge to change clothes, bathe, douche, eat, drink or brush your teeth. Do not go to the bathroom if possible. This is so that physical evidence can be collected and preserved. You do not need to decide at this time whether you want to pursue legal action but if you save the evidence, it offers you more options in the future when you are better able to decide.
4. Discuss your options confidentially without prompting a report to the College by contacting
5. File a report with the College by contacting
6. File a report with your local police department