Help Is Available
It is important for all Penn State Shenango students to know where to turn for help and what to do if they or a friend are assaulted. Whether the perpetrator is a stranger, an acquaintance, a close friend, or date, there are certain services to know about to get assistance.
Penn State Shenango offers support for students impacted by sexual assault: emotional support, accommodations, and access to legal information. Some health care options, resources for psychological care, and sources of legal information are summarized below. Students may wish to review and contact services if/as needed.
All services to sexual assault victims are confidential; however, hospital personnel are required by law to report an assault to the police. It is the victim’s choice, however, whether or not to talk to the police.
If You Are Assaulted
- Get to a safe place as soon as you can.
- Do not bathe, shower, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing.
- Try to preserve all physical evidence
- Contact the police by calling 911 or University Police at 724-866-0250. (From a campus phone, just dial 2824.)
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you can, take a change of clothing to the hospital.
- Contact a close friend who can be with you until you feel safe again. Your friend can also accompany you to hospital, doctor, police, etc.
While most victims of sexual assault are women, men can also be victims. It is important for men to know that male victims are accorded the same services as women. Male victims are eligible for the same medical exams and follow-up care. All other support services, including emotional support and legal assistance, are available for male victims, too.