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What To Do If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted

  • Get to a safe place immediately
  • If you are concerned for your safety contact DPS 717-291-3939 or 911
  • Call the F&M Sexual Assault Response Line at 717-560-7311
  • Contact someone who can help you: the Confidential F&M Sexual Assault Response Line at 717-560-7311, Department of Public Safety at 717-291-3939, or the police (911).
  • The F&M Sexual Assault Response Line will help you think through your options regarding getting medical attention, getting counseling support, and reporting the assault.  This call is confidential and does not obligate you to take any further action.
    • The F&M Sexual Assault Line is a confidential service staffed by the College's Counseling Services, Health Services, and professional staff.
    • When you call this line, you will speak with an off-campus answering service and will be connected to the on-call professional.  This person will listen and support you and will explain your options for receiving medical attention, counseling support and reporting the assault.  You are in control of deciding what is best for you to do. You do not need to give your name on this call. 
    • Calling the line does not obligate you to make a report to the College.  All information you discuss with the professional on this line is confidential and will not be released without your written permission.

         If the assault was recent:

  • Do not shower, drink, eat, douche, brush your teeth, brush your hair, or change your clothes.  These activities destroy important physical evidence in the event that you decide to prosecute the assailant.
  • Get medical attention as soon as possible.  You may have hidden injuries and may want to explore options for preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.Lancaster General Hospital has a SAFE program.  This means they have nurses trained as sexual assault forensic examiners who can do your exam and collect evidence for a rape kit.  The forensic exam cannot be done at Appel Health Services, but you can have a check-up with STI treatment and pregnancy prevention.
  • Write down everything that you remember happening, with as much detail as possible.  This can help with your own healing process and in any legal or disciplinary action you might decide to take.
  • Seek counseling or other sources of support.  Talking with a trained mental health professional can help in coping with the aftermath of a sexual assault.  Family and friends can also be a source of comfort and support.  What is most important is that you are comfortable with and trust the individuals you choose to confide in.
    • Franklin & Marshall's Counseling Services is available to meet with the student.
    • Hours are Monday - Friday 8:30am until 12 noon and again from 1:00 until 4:30pm.  There are also walk-in hours daily between 3:00 and 4:00 pm.
    • You can also call for an appointment at 717-291-4083.
    • Appel Health Services Hours are Monday - Friday 8:00am until 5:00pm, Saturday 10 am - 12 pm, for an appointment call 717-291-4082
  • Remember, sexual assault is never the victim's fault.  Do not blame yourself.