Help Following a Sexual Assault
If you have experienced a sexual assault, we encourage you to seek out the campus resources that are here to help you. What happened was not your fault, and you shouldn’t feel you have to deal with it all on your own. Even if it didn't happen recently, you may still be experiencing feelings of sadness or anger, trouble sleeping or concentrating, or other effects, and it's not too late to get help.
Rape Crisis Center
24-hour crisis line 608-251-7273
Support for survivors of all forms of sexual violence, including medical and legal advocacy, support groups, and short-term counseling. Students may use the campus or community office.
National Rape Hotline
If you experience sexual assault while traveling elsewhere in the U.S., you can be referred to a rape crisis service near you.
Meriter Hospital Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program
202 South Park Street
Meriter Hospital’s program provides medical and forensic (“rape kit”) examinations for sexual assault victims and follow-up medical services to guard against STIs and pregnancy. SANE can coordinate with the Rape Crisis Center to make an advocate available at the time of the exam.
University Health Services
608-265-5600 UHS offers a range of medical and mental health services if you have been affected by sexual assault or intimate partner violence. This includes treatment of injuries, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, HIV testing and counseling, screening and treatment of other STIs, and mental health counseling. UHS does not perform forensic (“rape kit”) examinations. Those are done by Meriter Hospital‘s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program.
University of Wisconsin Police Department
Non-emergency assistance 608-264-COPS
Members of the UW Police Department are committed to assisting victims of sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence. They can help you with transportation to a location that feels safe to you, or to a medical facility such as Meriter Hospital. If you were drinking at the time of the assault, do not let that stop you from contacting the police for help. The UWPD do not issue underage drinking tickets to victims reporting sexual assault. The police will want to help you make a statement and collect evidence that can be used to pursue a legal case against the perpetrator -- but that decision is up to you. You may request help from the UWPD whether or not you choose to press charges.
Division of Student Life – Dean of Students Office
75 Bascom Hall
Staff in this office can offer a range of support services, including assistance with academic concerns, safety plans, and relocation. Sexual assault is a crime and a violation of the UW Student Code of Conduct, and this office can help you access the student discipline process if you were assaulted by another student. Students may reach an on-call assistant dean Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 11:30 am and 1 pm – 4:30 pm.