Help Following a Sexual Assault

If you are 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 what was happening sexually (a sexual encounter)
  • 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 shouldn’t 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.

We encourage you to seek out the campus resources that are here to help you. For a comprehensive list of services available to victims/survivors of sexual assault on and around the UW-Madison campus, click here.

UHS Mental Health Services by Phone

608-265-5600 (select option 9)
24-hour crisis services »

Contact UHS 24 hours a day if you or a UW-Madison student is experiencing a mental health emergency. You can also walk in for an appointment (first-time users) or call for an appointment during business hours.

UHS Medical Services by Phone

For urgent medical concerns, including your physical well-being after an assault

608-265-5600 (select option 1)

During business hours, you can call UHS to make an appointment or use MyUHS to make one in primary care, the women's clinic, or the sexual health clinic.

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.

More Resources

After an Assault [pdf], a publication by the Rape Crisis Center

Sexual Assault and Dating Violence Services brochure [pdf]

For more information about the campus's efforts to decrease violence on campus, including sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking, go to:

UHS Violence Prevention

PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment
This registered student organization dedicated to preventing sexual and dating violence through education, outreach, and activism.