If You Need Immediate Assistance
In an Alcohol Emergency
Signs of an Alcohol Emergency
- Cold, clammy, blue skin
- Loss of bodily control
- Irregular breathing
- Violent behavior
- Excessive vomiting
Do not wait for all symptoms to be present. If any of these signs or symptoms occur, call 911.
In cases of Sexual Violence
If the Assault just occurred
- Make sure you are in a safe place.
- If you do not feel safe and need immediate police or medical assistance, call 9-1-1. Police can also take you to the hospital or meet you there.
- On campus, call 703-993-2810 to be connected to University Police.
- Contact someone who can help you: a friend, the police, Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education and Services (WAVES) – any or all of the above. You can reach WAVES at any time by calling our 24-hour Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Crisis Line: 703-380-1434.
- Get medical attention at a hospital emergency room right away. You do not have to report the incident to the police to be seen in the emergency room or to have an evidence-gathering exam (a PERK).
- Seek medical help whether or not you want to report the incident. You may have injuries you are not aware of, and a doctor can help you do what you can to prevent pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). For more details about all of your medical options please click here.
- Do not shower, drink or eat, douche, or change your clothes. These activities destroy important physical evidence in the event that you decide to prosecute the assailant.
- As soon as you have a quiet moment, write down everything that you remember happening, with as much detail as possible. This will help with your own healing process and in any legal action you might decide to take.
- Remember the assault was not your fault.
If the Assault Occurred Some Time Ago
You may just now be realizing that your experience was unwanted, or may finally be ready to call the experience a sexual assault. Even if the incident did not take place recently, you still have options.
- Consider seeking medical attention. You may still need treatment of physical symptoms.
- Seek counseling. Unresolved experiences of sexual assault can have long term psychological and social effects. Click here for more information about the benefits of counseling.
- Consult with Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education and Services to explore your options regarding:
- Remember that sexual assault is never your fault.
- Take advantage of resources that are there for you.
- Believe in yourself. Get the support you deserve and give yourself time to heal.