Help Following a Sexual Assault
Help is available for anyone looking for information or help after the following experiences:
- you experienced a sexual assault
- someone had sexual contact with you without your consent
- you were afraid to stop a sexual encounter that was happening
- you had a sexual experience while you were passed out, drugged, drunk, asleep or incapacitated
- you were threatened, coerced, or physically forced into a sexual act
What happened was not your fault, and you do not have to deal with it all on your own. Even if it did not happen recently, you may still be experiencing feelings of sadness or anger, trouble sleeping or concentrating, or other effects. UHS can help.
If you are in Madison, the Rape Crisis Center provides free and confidential services, including a 24-hour hotline.
- Rape Crisis Center (Dane County): 608-251-7273 (RAPE)
You may also choose to obtain a medical forensic exam. This exam does not require that you report to police, and In Madison, this service is available at the Meriter Hospital emergency room through the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, which is available 24 hours a day.
- Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program: 608-417-5916
If you are not on or near the UW-Madison campus, call the 24-hour national sexual assault hotlines to be connected to rape crisis center in your area:
- National Sexual Assault/RAINN Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
For a comprehensive list services on or near the UW-Madison campus, including options to report, click here.
can be found in our Sexual Assault and
Dating Violence Services brochure [PDF]
UHS Services Include:
UHS End Violence on Campus Victim Advocacy Services
Free, confidential victim advocacy and survivor support, including information about your options and emotionally supportive counseling
EVOC Victim Advocacy »
608-265-1483 (not available 24 hours)
UHS Medical Services
For urgent medical concerns, including your physical well-being after an assault
Learn more here »
608-265-5600 (select option 1)
- Anytime, you can use MyUHS to make an appointment. You can also talk to a nurse via the phone line: 608-265-5600. A nurse on call can help direct you to services available after hours.
- During business hours, you can call UHS to talk about all options and/or make an appointment, walk in and request a same-day appointment, or use MyUHS to make an appointment in primary care, the women's clinic, or the sexual health clinic.
UHS Mental Health Services
For mental health and crisis support following an assault
24-hour crisis services »
608-265-5600 (select option 9)
Contact UHS mental health 24 hours a day you are experiencing a mental health emergency. You can also walk in for an appointment (first-time users) or call for an appointment during business hours.
This number also connects you to a Nurse Line when UHS is closed, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. The nurse-on-call can help you make an appointment if you have concerns about a non-consensual sexual encounter. This next-day appointment will be with a nurse at UHS who can review any questions you may have about STI screening, a physical exam, emergency contraception or any other related concerns.