A victim of a sexual offense can experience varying degrees of trauma and anxiety. Emotional and physical symptoms such as fear, anxiety, anger, shock, depression, insomnia, headaches and/or nausea are common. Many victims also feel guilt and self-blame, especially if the suspect is an acquaintance. Regardless of the symptoms you experience, if you are a victim of a sexual offense: • Find a safe place: Stay with a friend or someone who can give you emotional support. Call a rape crisis line.• Know that what happened was not your fault.• Go to a hospital for immediate medical care: Medical staff can provide assistance for injuries, tests for medical evidence, and resources for emotional help. Do not bathe, wash your hands, change clothes, eat, or drink anything before calling or going for help as this may destroy important evidence. The collection of medical evidence does not presume that you will press charges against the assailant. However, if you later choose to press charges, the evidence will be available. Local Emergency RoomsSwedish Medical Center - Cherry Hill (206) 320-2000 500 17th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122Swedish Medical Center - First Hill (206) 386-6000 747 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122Harbor View Medical Center (206) 744-3300 325 9th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122• Report the sexual offense: You are strongly encouraged to immediately report the sexual offense to Public Safety at 206-296-5911 or local law enforcement officials at 911. Public Safety personnel are prepared to help you understand your options and their consequences, as well as to refer you to other campus and community resources for additional assistance. • Get professional counseling: A sexual offense is a serious personal violation which renders any of a variety of physical, emotional and psychological symptoms. A counselor will help you deal with these problems and any related issues.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) 206.296.6090National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.HOPEKing County 24-Hour Sexual Assault Resource Line 888.99.VOICEHarborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress 206.744.1600