You've Got a Friend
Resource and Information Guide
California State University, Fullerton
When you are a victim of sexual violence your life shifts in unexpected ways.
You may fear that harm will come to you again. You might fear places, people, the dark, or being alone. You might hear comments from family, friends and others that make it seem you were at fault. You might even blame yourself. You have many reasons to feel sad.
Even if bad memories persist, you can empower yourself by taking steps to rebuild your confidence.
Get to a medical provider for an exam! You have enough to think about without a nagging fear of injury, infection or pregnancy. The exam will consist of a pelvic, oral and/or anal exam to test for infection, a pregnancy test and a visual scan for bruises or tissue damage. This is the most critical recommendation for aftercare--your health is at stake.
Reporting the crime to law enforcement seems scary, and maybe embarrassing, but reporting the assault puts responsibility where it belongs—on the perpetrator. If you decide to report within the first 72 hours after the assault, you can be transported to a local hospital where a forensic exam will be performed. It’s not fun, but it is the best way to gather evidence against your attacker.
If you are not yet ready to take that step, you can always report later. The physical evidence will be gone, but you have the right to make a police report, and you might prevent the perpetrator from victimizing another person.
You might have a tough time sitting in class, completing homework, and studying for exams. Cal State Fullerton’s, WoMen’s Center Sexual Assault Program can communicate trauma-related academic difficulties to your professors. Sometimes you need a little help from your friends on campus.
No one can make these decisions but you, and you don ’ t have to make any right now.
Whether you are female, male, gay or straight, remember, the assault was not your fault. You have nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. You have the right to decide who you want to know about the assault and what steps you want to take to reclaim your life, including notifying the University.
We are here to help when you are ready.
Places to call for information, assistance or support.
University Police (657) 278-2515
911 or 211 (information)
The WoMen’s Center
Student Health Center
Counseling and Psychological Services
Title IX/Diversity and Equity Program
Evening and Weekend Assistance
CSP Sexual Assault Victim Services
(714) 957-2737 (24 hour hotline)