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What To Do If You've Been Sexually Assaulted

If you've just been sexually assaulted:

  1. Get to a safe place
  2. Contact someone who can help you: a friend, University Counseling Center, your RA, the health clinic, the police. Students should report an incident to the University Police by calling 911 from an on campus phone or 606-783-2035 from off campus or a cell phone. Calling 911 from off campus or a cell phone will connect you with the Morehead City Police. Police can meet you at a confidential location.
  3. Do not shower, drink, eat, smoke, brush your teeth, douche, or change your clothes after the assault. These activities destroy important physical evidence, in the event that you decide to prosecute the assailant. 
  4. Get medical attention immediately either at Counseling & Health Services or the St. Claire HealthCare emergency room. Students may feel more comfortable with the professional health care staff at Morehead State University. They have the training and licensure to perform the exam to assess for physical injuries and to collect the evidence needed in the event you decide to prosecute the assailant. -OR- The police can take you to the hospital or meet you there. A rape crisis advocate from Pathways will meet you there, too. 
  5. As soon as you have a quiet moment, write down everything that you remember with as much detail as possible. This will help you with your own healing process, as well as help in any legal action you might decide to take.
  6. Remember: the assault was not your fault.


Even if you don't want to report the incident to police, you may have injuries of which you are not aware. You may want to do what you can to prevent pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases. Physical evidence can be collected up to 72 hours after the assault (24 hours after oral or anal penetration). However, some evidence may still be collected after 72 hours. Remember to take a change of clothes to the clinic or hospital, as they will collect the ones you are wearing as evidence. 

To request a sexual assault forensic exam by the MSU Sexual Assault Response Team call 606-776-0076

  • Morehead (Residential Campus)
    150 University Blvd., Morehead, KY 40351
    1-800-585-6781
  • Admissions
    121 E. Second St., Morehead, KY 40351
    1-800-585-6781
  • MSU at Ashland
    1400 College Drive, Ashland, KY 41101
    800-648-5370
  • MSU at Mt. Sterling
    3400 Indian Mound Drive, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353
    859-499-0780
  • MSU at Prestonsburg
    6 Bert Combs Drive, Prestonsburg, KY 41653
    800-648-5372
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