Unwanted Sexual Experience

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, it’s important to get help as soon as possible. Professionals trained in crisis intervention are available free to UB students, and can help guide you through what services are available, so you can choose what happens next.

Step 1. Get to a Safe Place

Find somewhere safe — away from the attacker(s).

Step 2. Call Someone You Trust

Contact someone you trust to come meet you, including a friend, relative or police officer. You may also choose to report the sexual assault at this time.

About Your Confidentiality

At UB, there are people you can talk to confidentially about an unwanted sexual experience. Individuals who are confidential resources will not report crimes to law enforcement or college officials without your permission, except for extreme circumstances, such as a health and/or safety emergency.
 

You can get confidential help and support from Student Health Services licensed medical professionals when they are engaged in a physician/patient relationship, Counseling Services counselors and staff members when they are engaged in a counselor/patient relationship, individuals serving in a pastoral role under Campus Ministries, and the On-Campus Advocate.


If you feel more comfortable talking to someone else, we still encourage you to do so. Even UB offices and employees who cannot guarantee confidentiality will maintain your privacy to the greatest extent possible.


> Learn more about confidentiality and privacy

University Police — Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault

The professional, highly trained police officers and staff at University Police have experience working with students after an unwanted sexual experience, and can help make sure you get the legal and emotional support you need.

By Phone
On-campus: Call University Police, 716-645-2222

Emergency Blue Light Phone
You can report any crime or suspicious activity by picking up any blue light emergency phone on campus.

On-Campus Advocate

The On-Campus Advocate is a confidential resource who can help you with every step that you decide to take, from reporting the assault to getting medical care and pressing charges. The On-Campus Advocate works closely with UB students, but is part of Crisis Services — an independent, off-campus organization. Call (716) 796-4399 for assistance 24/7.

Crisis Services

Trained professionals are available to help you 24/7. Call 716-834-3131.

Step 3. Get Medical Care

An unwanted sexual experience can affect your health in many ways. Getting immediate medical care can reduce your risks of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections, and help with any physical injuries (including injuries that may not be evident yet). You can get medical attention regardless of whether you will be pressing charges against your assailant. You may also choose to report the sexual assault at this time.

In the first 96 hours (four days) after an assault After 96 hours

Go to the emergency room at any local hospital for testing, emergency medical care and/or evidence collection. We typically recommend going to the closest hospital, but you should go wherever you will be most comfortable — every hospital in Erie County can help you. If you need transportation to a local hospital, University Police can generally arrange it for you.


Hospital emergency rooms are the only place where evidence necessary for medical and/or forensic evaluation and court testimony can be collected. UB’s Student Health Services can provide follow-up care, but cannot conduct a sexual assault forensic exam.


To help preserve evidence:

  • Don’t bathe or brush your teeth, drink or smoke before evidence collection
  • If you have already changed your clothes, place them in a paper bag (not plastic) to preserve them
  • To collect evidence, ask the hospital to conduct a rape kit exam; if you suspect that you may have been drugged, ask for a urine sample to be collected and try not to urinate before the sample is collected

You don’t have to decide if you want to press charges right away, but preserving the evidence helps if you decide to press charges at a later date.

If it has been more than 96 hours (four days) since the sexual assault, go to Student Health Services or your preferred health care provider for follow-up care.

 

Make an appointment with Student Health Services

Emergency Contraception, STI and HIV Testing

If you are worried about pregnancy, contracting an STI or HIV after a sexual assault, we can help.

> View sexual health information and resources

Step 4. Report the Sexual Assault

In this section:

Sexual assault is any sexual act committed against a person without their consent. Consent is a voluntary, verbal agreement between equal and unimpaired partners, without coercion. It is never too late to report an assault or get help.

Know Your Reporting Options

If you are sexually assaulted, know your reporting options:

  • You may pursue a criminal complaint with law enforcement
  • You may pursue disciplinary charges against the perpetrator if he or she is affiliated with UB
  • You may file a report of discrimination and harassment
  • You may pursue more than one option at the same time
  • You may choose not to pursue a complaint or report, and still obtain assistance and accommodations

You can have an advocate with you for any of these options. Your advocate can be anyone you choose to support you, including a trusted friend or family member, or UB’s confidential On-Campus AdvocateUB’s Sexual Violence Response Policy explains the resources and support available to you as a survivor of sexual assault.

You Choose Who to Tell

You have the right to choose whom you tell. You may consider talking to a trusted friend or family member, a trusted faculty or staff member, or to a university office. Your parents will not be called without your permission. In the case of a life-threatening emergency, the hospital may call your closest relative, but the nature of your injuries will not be disclosed.

Report to University or Local Police

By Phone
On-campus: Call University Police, 716-645-2222
Off-campus: 911

Emergency Blue Light Phone
You can report any crime or suspicious activity by picking up any blue light emergency phone on campus.

Anonymous Online Reporting
Online reports are not sent instantly to police officers. Do not send anonymous reports about in-progress acts, since they may not be viewed immediately. If you need immediate assistance — and for any crime in progress or other emergency — call 716-645-2222.

On-Campus Advocate

Call (716) 796-4399 for assistance 24/7.

Report to Student Conduct and Advocacy

The Student Conduct and Advocacy staff works closely with many students who have reported a sexual assault, and can also provide on-campus orders of protection as well as additional support and resources.

Tell Your RA or CA

If you live on campus, you can report a sexual assault to your Resident Advisor (RA) or Community Assistant (CA). Please note that any disclosure will trigger a response from Campus Living staff as well as University Police.

Report to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

You can report the incident to the Director of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), who is UB’s Title IX Coordinator. EDI investigates reports of discrimination and harassment.

About Your Confidentiality

At UB, there are people you can talk to confidentially about an unwanted sexual experience. Individuals who are confidential resources will not report crimes to law enforcement or college officials without your permission, except for extreme circumstances, such as a health and/or safety emergency.
 

You can get confidential help and support from Student Health Services licensed medical professionals when they are engaged in a physician/patient relationship, Counseling Services counselors and staff members when they are engaged in a counselor/patient relationship, individuals serving in a pastoral role under Campus Ministries, and the On-Campus Advocate.


If you feel more comfortable talking to someone else, we still encourage you to do so. Even UB offices and employees who cannot guarantee confidentiality will maintain your privacy to the greatest extent possible.


> Learn more about confidentiality and privacy

Do I Have To Go To Court?

You only have to go to court if you want to press charges. You do not have to decide whether or not to press charges right away. For more information, please seek legal advice.

Step 5. Get Emotional Support

Healing from a sexual assault takes time. As the victim, you are encouraged to get help from people who are here to listen, take care of you and support you through this difficult time. If you are anxious, afraid or dealing with other emotional issues after a sexual assault, these caring professionals are here to listen, offer trusted advice and help you move forward.

Step 6. Get Legal Protection and Consider Pressing Charges

It’s your choice whether you want legal protections from the person who assaulted you, and whether you want to press charges against them.

Keep the Person Who Hurt You Away

If you want to keep someone away from you, you should request an order of protection. If you need a legal order of protection, a report needs to be filed with law enforcement in the jurisdiction in which the assault occurred. Crisis Services can provide information about legal orders of protection, and help you through the process.

On-Campus Protection Orders and Disciplinary Procedures

If you have had an unwanted sexual experience, you can request an on-campus order of protection to help limit communication between you and your assailant while you are on campus. You can also file judicial charges against your assailant, which may result in disciplinary action against them from the university. To learn more about your options, talk to someone at Student Conduct and Advocacy.

Do I Have To Go To Court?

You only have to go to court if you want to press charges. You do not have to decide whether or not to press charges right away. For more information, please seek legal advice.

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Remember

• It is not your fault

• Every rape or sexual assault is different

• It doesn’t matter what you did or did not do during the assault

• It is never too late to get help, even if the assault happened years ago

• Getting help does not mean you have to press charges against the person who assaulted you

Supporting a Survivor

If someone you know has been sexually assaulted, they may experience a wide range of emotions including shock, disbelief, anger, helplessness and depression. Here are a few ways that you can help:

  • Believe them
  • Listen to them
  • Be there to offer support
  • Don’t be judgmental
  • Let them know the options they have, but remember that it’s their decision
  • Be patient — it takes time to process and time to heal
  • Let them know that professional help is available
  • Encourage them to contact Counseling Services, University Police, Crisis Services, the On-Campus Advocate or others who can help

Need Help?

On-campus emergencies and crime prevention, 24/7

Bissell Hall, North Campus

Phone: (716) 645-2222

A confidential resource who can help you with every step that you decide to take

On-Campus Advocate

Phone: (716) 796-4399

Student conduct rules and regulations, and campus-wide student support

University at Buffalo
9 Norton Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-6154; Fax: (716) 645-3376

Someone to talk to for mental health issues

Counseling Services

Student Life

University at Buffalo
120 Richmond Quadrangle, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14261

Phone: (716) 645-2720; Fax: (716) 645-2175

University at Buffalo
202 Michael Hall, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-5800

Primary, non-emergency medical care

University at Buffalo
Michael Hall, 3435 Main Street, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3316; Fax: (716) 829-2564

Preventative health and wellness education

University at Buffalo
114 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2837; Fax: (716) 645-6234

Support for matters including discrimination and harassment

406 Capen Hall, North Campus

Phone: (716) 645-2266

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