Strategies to minimize harm and maximize self-care.
Emergency help after a sexual assault
If you are immediate danger and want police assistance, call 911.
If you are in Madison:
- The Rape Crisis Center provides free and confidential services, including a 24-hour hotline at 608-251-7273.
- The Unity Point - Meriter Hospital emergency room offers evidence collection (“rape kit”) and medical care (e.g., toxicology screen, STI testing/treatment, emergency contraception, injury treatment) through the Forensic Nurse Examiner Program. No appointment needed. You do not need to report to law enforcement to use this service. 608-417-5916
If you are not in Madison:
- The National Sexual Assault Hotline provides free and confidential support and connects you to a rape crisis center in your area. 1-800-656-4673. A free 24 hour text chat is also available.
For a comprehensive list of services on or near the UW-Madison campus, including options to report, click here.
UHS services available to survivors of sexual assault »
Responsible Action Guidelines
Don't let underage drinking keep you from seeking help or helping a friend.
UW-Madison has adopted the Responsible Action Guidelines, which protect victims and witnesses of sexual assault and/or violent crime from disciplinary action, even if they are under the influence of alcohol and less than 21 years of age.