If you have been assaulted
Remember, you are not to blame, regardless of the circumstances. Nothing you have done (dress provocatively, drink too much, had sex with the same person before, etc.) warrants someone sexually assaulting you.
Go to a safe place with people who will be able to assist you.
University Public Safety: 585-275-3333
University Health Service: Physician is on-call when the offices are closed
- River Campus Office: UHS Building, 1st Floor, 585-275-2662
- Medical Center Office: Medical Center, 1-5000, 585-275-2662
- Eastman School Office: Student Living Center, room 106, 585-274-1230
- Health Promotion Office: UHS Building, 2nd floor, 585-273-5770
University Counseling Center: Professional is on-call when the office is closed
- UHS Building, 3rd floor, 585-275-3113
CARE Network: Wilson Commons, 5th floor, 585-275-4085
Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
You may have hidden injuries and also may want to explore options for preventing pregnancy and STDs.
Drugs used for emergency contraception and to prevent HIV and STDs have a limited time within which to work.
Seeking medical attention allows you to have evidence collected.
Having evidence collected within 72 hours preserves your right to decide at a later date whether you wish to go forward with the University's judicial process or with the criminal justice system.
- You should not take a shower, change clothes, or brush your teeth in order to preserve evidence that can be used later, if you decide to press charges. If you want to change your clothes, set your clothes aside in a plastic bag.
- You may want a friend to accompany you to the Emergency Department.
- A Counselor from RESTORE (585.546.2777) is available to meet you at the Emergency Department to offer support.
- Emergency Room charges for the Rape Evidence Collection Kit visit are billed directly to the New York State Crime Victims Board on a routine basis.
- This process allows everyone, whether they have made a report to University Public Safety or to the Police Department or not, to bypass their private medical insurance carrier. This is especially important to individuals who do not have medical insurance and to those who may not want their parents to learn about the Emergency Room visit.
- Individuals are asked to complete a form giving permission for the hospital to notify the Crime Victims Board that the individual went to the Emergency Room for sexual assault.
You DO NOT need to decide whether you want to file a report about the incident immediately, but you do need to have the evidence collected as quickly as possible.
Get support. This is not something you should have to go through alone.
- Talk with friends whom you feel safe with.
- Contact RESTORE at 585-546-2777 to speak with a Counselor.
- Make an appointment at the University Counseling Center at 585-275-3113.
- It is not unusual to face a myriad of reactions including depression, anxiety and fear, difficulty trusting others, and self-harming behaviors as well as many, many other emotions.
- Everyone reacts differently. Some people may experience reactions immediately. Others may seem to function fine immediately, but have reactions long after the event occurred.
- Getting help now can help to reduce the impact the assault has on your life later on.
- Take care of yourself. You have been through a traumatic event. It is vitally important that you attend to your physical and emotional health needs as you cope and recover.
If you decide not to press charges, you may consider asking for a Proxy Report to be completed.
Filing a Proxy Report with the University Title IX Coordinator, Morgan Levy (585.275.7814) provides you with an anonymous way to report a sexual assault that will not result in charges being pressed, but does allow your story to be heard.
If you do decide to press charges, either within the University's judicial system or externally with the Rochester Police Department or the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Morgan Levy, University Title IX Coordinator (585-275-7814) can assist you with the process.
If you need emergency contraception?
Emergency contraception (EC), also known as "Plan B" or "the morning after pill," provides an opportunity to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse. It may be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected intercourse; however, the sooner the first dose is initiated, the more effective it is. EC is available for purchase at UHS without a prescription.
The hormones in EC work primarily by delaying or preventing ovulation. They may also change the lining of the uterus, so that a fertilized egg cannot implant itself. EC does not interfere with an existing pregnancy. It only works to prevent a pregnancy from being established in the uterus.
When used correctly, EC is between 75-90% effective in preventing an unplanned pregnancy. The sooner the medication is initiated after unprotected intercourse, the higher the effectiveness may be. At any time, a woman's risk of becoming pregnant when having unprotected intercourse depends on where she is in her menstrual cycle.
Side effects and risks
Temporary side effects may include breast tenderness, headache, and menstrual irregularities. EC is safe for almost all women. Even women who have been told they cannot take oral contraceptive pills on a regular basis can generally use EC safely. EC is not recommended for use during pregnancy because it simply will not work.
There are instances when Emergency Contraception may be unsafe:
- If you are pregnant
- During a current migraine headache, especially if accompanied by neurological complications
- If you have a history of stroke
- If you have problems with blood clotting
A woman should use Emergency Contraception when:
- A condom broke or fell off
- She had sex without using any other method of birth control
- The diaphragm slipped out of place
- She has missed more than two days of birth control pills
- She has been sexually assaulted or raped
Obtaining Emergency Contraception
Plan B is available for purchase without a prescription for men or women. An appointment is not needed to purchase Plan B at UHS.