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Sexual Assault Resources

Support

If you’ve been sexually assaulted, or are experiencing relationship violence, Believe in yourself. Remember that no matter what the circumstances, you are not to blame. Give yourself permission to do what you need to do to take care of yourself. Tell someone you trust for support. This could be anyone, so think about who would be the most supportive. This person may be a good listener or be able to provide resources and options.

Consult with an advocate

Advocacy is a safe and confidential starting point for University of Washington students affected by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, sexual harassment and other related experiences. An advocate can talk with you about medical care, safety planning, counseling and more. Learn more about advocacy.

Get medical care

If you’ve been sexually assaulted, medical care can be helpful for treating or preventing illness and injury. It is also an important way to preserve evidence to prove criminal sexual assault or to obtain a protection order. Learn more about medical care.

Create a safety plan

If you feel unsafe after a sexual assault or because of ongoing relationship violence or stalking, there are steps you can take to feel safer. Learn more about creating a safety plan.

Consider counseling

There are many ways to take care of yourself and heal through counseling options, stress reduction techniques, support groups, and other resources. Learn more about counseling.

 Access community resources

The University of Washington has many resources to support you, but you can also access a variety of community resources. Learn more about community resources.

How to help a friend

If someone tells you they were sexually assaulted or are in a controlling and abusive relationship, there are many ways to provide support. Learn more about how to help a friend.