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Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault

What to do if you've just been sexually assaulted

  • Go to a place where you are physically safe
    • Police Station
    • Health Center/Counseling Center
    • WoMen's Center
  • Get medical attention
    • Health Center
    • Anaheim Memorial Hospital
  • Consider taking legal action
  • Contact someone who can help you: a friend, housemate, resident advisor, family; a member of your place of worship, community, or extended family; the police (911); or an advocate from campus or community agency.
  • Contact the campus police if the assault occurred on campus (657) 278-2515
  • Contact Community Service Program (CSP). We strongly recommend connecting with CSP. Advocates at CSP can help you with any medical and legal decisions that you need to make. CSP advocates are available 24 hours/day, seven days a week.
    Community Services Program
    24 hour assistance (714) 957-2737
  • The WoMen's Center can provide crisis counseling and referrals. Call (657) 278-3928.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will provide short term counseling by appointment. Call (657) 278-3040
  • Dean of Students Office also provides support to students who have been assaulted and their friends and family. Staff can assist if a victim/survivor wants to discuss their options (including filing a criminal complaint), and/or learn more about the University's disciplinary process for assailant's who are students. The Dean of Students Office also provides on and off campus resource information (including mental health and counseling options, academic support and housing options). The Dean of Students Office offers assistance to all students, including undergraduate, graduate and international students. (657) 278-3211

Get medical attention.

You may have hidden injuries and want to explore options for preventing sexually transmitted infections/disease (STI/STD) and/or pregnancy. Emergency contraception is available at the Student Health Center and Planned Parenthood Clinics.

There are several medical resources available to you in addition to your own health practitioner.

On Campus:

Student Health Center
(657) 278-2800
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 7:45 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 7:45 am - 5:00 pm

Because of the legal requirements of specimen collection, CSUF refers immediate post-assault victims/survivors to the SAFE program at Anaheim Memorial Hospital. This is the most appropriate if the assault was recent and the victim/survivor is choosing to report the assault.

The Student Health Services can provide STD/STI, HIV, pregnancy tests and emergency contraception. The Student Health Center does not collect forensic evidence from rape exams. For more information please visit

Off Campus:

Anaheim Memorial Hospital The Safe Place
1111 W. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92801
(714) 774-1450

If the victim/survivor chooses to call the local police and report the incident, he/she can be transported to The Safe Place program at Anaheim Memorial Hospital. Hospital staff is specially trained female nurse examiners, who are experts at gathering forensic evidence and helping sexual assault victims/survivors. Advocates from CSP can also be present for emotional and legal support during the exam.

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Things to know before a SAFE exam:

During the exam you can expect to be checked for internal or external injuries, foreign hair samples and semen or other bodily fluids.

If possible, bring an extra set of clothes (the police may want the clothes worn during the assault for evidence) and a friend or another supportive person

Do not shower, drink, eat, douche or change clothes prior to an exam. These activities destroy important physical evidence that is useful should you decide to make a police report. Also, document everything you remember happening with as much detail as possible.

Planned Parenthood
303 W. Lincoln Ave., Ste 105
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 956-2002
For emergency contraception: 1-800- 230-PLAN

Planned Parenthood is able to provide STD/STI screening and pregnancy testing. This is not a forensic exam, evidence will not be preserved. Emergency contraceptives are available.

Pharmacies that will dispense emergency contraceptives

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If you think you've been drugged

Signs you've been drugged:

  • You feel drunker than you should given the amount of alcohol you've consumed
  • You wake up feeling fuzzy and can't remember all or part of last night
  • You remember having a drink, but you can't remember what happened after you finished it
  • You fell like you've had sex, but you don't fully remember the encounter

Most date rape drugs leave the body within 24-72 hours, so it is important to get a drug test as soon as possible after the assault has occurred. If you aren't able to get tested in time, you can still file sexual assault charges if you wish. There may be other evidence that indicates you were sexually assaulted, regardless of whether you can prove you were drugged at the time.

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Drugs and Sexual Assault


Alcohol is the most frequently used date rape drug. Drinking until intoxicated is often the precursor to date/acquaintance rape. The offender and the victim/survivor are more likely to have lowered inhibitions, poor critical decision making skills, lessened empathy/greater narcissism if alcohol is involved. In new and unfamiliar situations having a clear head lessens the possibility of being taken advantage of.

If you choose to drink:

  • Monitor your intake, know your limits. Drinking until you pass out is dangerous and hard on your body.
  • Always attend parties with a friend. Never leave a party without everyone you arrived with. Never stay when your friends leave.
  • Don't drink from an open punch bowl or leave your drink unattended.
  • If you suddenly begin to feel very intoxicated or feel like you are going to "black out," ask a friend to take you home or to a hospital.

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GHB is not legitimately manufactured; it is labeled as a "controlled substance" by the FDA.

GHB looks, usually, like a clear, syrupy liquid or a powder form, not unlike laundry detergent. It tastes unpleasant, salty and plastic, and has a mild odor. Usually it is slipped into fruit drinks or strong shots so the taste is not apparent. Visine eye-dropper bottles are often used to disguise the liquid and as an efficient dispenser.

Symptoms of GHB may peak in as few as 15 minutes and last from three to six hours. The drug creates a feeling of extreme intoxication and impaired judgement. Other symptoms may include: nausea, vomiting and hallucinations; aggressive behavior and uncontrollable twitching; extreme drowsiness, weakness, and reduced muscle-tone, blood pressure and respiratory rate; dizziness and confusion; hypothermia and seizure-like activity; suppression of the Gag Reflex and coma/death.

GHB may cause enhance sexual feelings by the victim, and therefore, the victim may participate in reciprocal acts, as a result of the drug, rather than free will.

After ingestion, GHB will remain in the blood stream in a measurable amount for only four to seven hours. However, the urine stream should have GHB in it for up to twelve hours after ingestion. Urine is always the sample of choice and should be obtained as soon as the victim is able and taken to a hospital as soon as possible.

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Rohypnol is the brand name of flunitrazepam and is manufactured by Hoffman-La Roche pharmaceutical company and is illegal in the U.S. It is smuggled in mainly across the Mexican border.

Rohypnol looks like a large aspirin, has either a line or crossed lines and the word "Roche" written on the reverse side. (Many other Hoffman-La Roche drugs also have the work "Roche" on the back of pills.) When slipped into a drink, it quickly dissolves. The drug cannot be seen, smelled or tasted.

When ingested, Rohypnol will quickly be absorbed into the bloodstream and central nervous system. The effects may appear within 10 to 20 minutes of ingestion, and the peak blood levels will appear within we minutes to an hour. It is quickly metabolized and passes through urine. Effects of the drug might last up to 24 hours.

When mixed with alcohol or other drugs, the person will likely pass out, not be able to remember the rest of the night and suffer a huge hangover.

A specialized drug test can detect the drug up to 72 hours after ingestion.

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Ketamine is illegal to possess for personal use in the U.S. because it's only legitimate use is as a veterinary aesthetic or animal tranquilizer.

Ketamine can be found in either powder, pill or liquid, and can be snorted, swallowed, or injected directly into the muscle.

It can cause a dissociation of the mind from the body. The person may hallucinate. This works to a rapist's advantage, because the victim suffers from amnesia and hallucinations which may make recollection nearly impossible. Overdoses can cause the heart to stop beating.

The effects of Ketamine may only last and hour or less, but person's senses, judgement, and coordination may be affected for 18 to 24 hours.

Tests can detect Ketamine in a person's system up to 48 hours of ingestion.

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Safety Strategies

Reduce Your Risk

Ways out of a dangerous situation

If you are at a party, club, bar, or some other place where you might be put at risk, and you start to feel out of control, there are a few things you can do right away:

  • Look for a friend or someone else you can trust. If possible, tell her or him to take you to a hospital or call 911. If you can't talk, try to show your friend that you feel sick. If you have to, throw up. Your friend will get the message.
  • If you can get to a phone, call 911. The police should be able to register your location even if you can't talk. If possible, find a friend to go with you.
  • If you can't find a friend or get to a phone, make a scene.
  • Say loudly, "Did you put something in my drink?" This may alert the people around you to the situation.
  • Scream, cry, or throw up. The person who drugged you will probably not want the attention or the mess.
  • If you think you've been drugged, do not leave by yourself. You need to have other people around in case you lose consciousness.

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Strategies for safety

There are several things you can do whenever you go to a party, club, or bar, or even on a date to reduce the risk that you will be a victim of date rape or sexual assault.

If you are drinking alcohol:

  • Be aware of your ability to tell someone else what you want and to respond to what they want. During a sexual encounter, you need to be able to communicate clearly with your partner. Can you be sure that everything that happens is consensual?
  • Know your limit. How many drinks can you have before you no longer trust your decisions? How many drinks can you have before you are unable to communicate clearly about what you do and don't want?
  • Don't accept a mixed drink or an opened container from anyone. If someone offers you a drink, watch it being made. If you are unsure about any of the ingredients, don't drink it. Open all prepackaged drink containers yourself.
  • Avoid sharing or trading drinks with anyone.
  • Don't drink from a punch bowl or from a container being passed around.
  • Be in control of your drink. If there has been any opportunity for someone to spike your drink, dump it. Do not leave your drink sitting out for someone else to find.
  • Don't drink anything that looks or tastes unusual or suspicious. Be on the alert for excess saltiness or bitterness, unexplained residue, or odd colors or textures.

Other tips:

  • Go to parties in groups, and appoint a sober person for your group. Check up on your group of friends throughout the night.
  • If one of your friends shows signs of being drugged, leave the party and make sure s/he is safe. Don't allow him/her to "sleep it off." If necessary, call 911, and/or take your friend to a hospital immediately.
  • If you see someone spiking a drink, do something about it. Dump the drink(s), bring attention to the situation, and/or talk to the host of the party.
  • Warn your friends about clubs or parties where date rape drugs have been used. Avoid high-risk areas.

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Disclaimer: The information found on this site is intended as educational information only. You should not rely on the information to make any medical or legal decisions. Any medical or other decisions should be made in consultation with your health care provider. Any legal decisions should be made with your legal representative. The WoMen's Center will not be liable for any complication, injuries, or other medical accidents arising from, or in connection with, the use of, or reliance upon, any information on this web site.