What to Do If You Experience Sexual Misconduct
If you experience an act of sexual misconduct, you are likely to have many common concerns, including physical health and safety, emotional and mental well-being, medical issues such as sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, and, for some, interpersonal relationships. Another common concern may be understanding the disciplinary or legal options for responding to the act.
With respect to your response, it is most important to do what is right for you. There is no right or wrong way to respond to an act of sexual misconduct. Friends, loved ones, and family members often have strong feelings about what you “should” do. Each person needs to make the decisions that are best for him/herself, regardless of what others might hope.
What To Do If You Experience Sexual Misconduct
Students who experience an incident of sexual misconduct should consider the following immediate actions:
- Contact law enforcement
- Seek medical attention
- The medical exam has two goals: first, to treat the full extent of any injury or physical trauma and to consider the possibilities of sexually transmitted disease or pregnancy and, second, to properly preserve evidence in case you decide to prosecute.
- IMPORTANT: Do not bathe, douche, brush your teeth, drink or change your clothing, as you may be destroying evidence you will need if you decide to prosecute.
- Contact a trained, experienced counselor
- Contact parents, relatives or close friends for support
Amherst College Police will assist you in obtaining medical treatment, counseling, support, and police services.
- Campus Police: (413) 542-2111
Health and Safety
- Cooley Dickinson Hospital: (413) 582-2000
- Amherst College Health Services: (413) 542-2266—available during regular office hours