You have been assaulted

Individuals who have been sexually assaulted react in many different ways.  There is no right or wrong reaction. These are some things that are important for you to consider:

1)      Call someone you trust. This could be a friend, family member, counselor, or victim advocate. Victim advocates are available at all times to assist you with medical and emotional needs, exploring options and providing referrals and resources, and can accompany you to meetings and appointments. . Your conversations with a victim advocate are confidential. There are two groups of advocates available to you:

Victim Advocates in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): These victim advocates are counselors in CAPS and are on call for emergency situations. Phone number: 407.628.6340 (during office hours) or after business hours call Campus Safety (407.646.2999) and ask to speak with a victim advocate.

Victim Advocates at the Victim Service Center (VSC) of Central Florida: The VSC operates a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week Sexual Assault Hotline. The hotline is for anyone seeking immediate telephone crisis intervention services or information on sexual assault. The hotline is operated by certified Sexual Assault Counselors. Certified Sexual Assault Counselors are trained to provide immediate crisis intervention and ongoing support. Phone number: 407.497.6701 (24 hours a day/7 days a week)

2)      Seek medical attention, even if you have no visible injuries. There are several options for medical attention. You can request that a victim advocate accompany you to receive medical attention.

  • The closest hospital to campus is Winter Park Memorial Hospital (407-646-7000). Please note that area hospitals are required by Florida law and/or policy to contact local law enforcement.
  • Medical attention is also available on campus during business hours at the Wellness Center. Students may seek medical attention, Plan B, STD/STI testing or seek answers to their health related questions and concerns on campus during business hours at the Wellness Center. Confidentiality laws protect the conversations you have with medical staff at the Wellness Center in the course of care or treatment.

 3)     Preserve evidence. It is common to want to shower or bathe following a sexual assault. Forensic evidence can be collected in the 120 hours (5 days) after a sexual assault. Do not shower, bathe, douche, urinate, brush your teeth, drink or change your clothing, as you may be destroying evidence you may need if you decide to prosecute. If you do need to change, place all clothing and shoes in a paper, not plastic, bag. You can have forensic evidence collected by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) at the Victim Service Center (VSC) of Central Florida without involving law enforcement or filing a police report.

4)      If you would like to discuss your options confidentially without prompting a report to the College, you can contact the following individuals:

  • Victim Advocates
    • Victim Advocates in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): These victim advocates are counselors in CAPS and are on call for emergency situations. Phone number: 407.628.6340 (during office hours) or after business hours call Campus Safety (407.646.2999) and ask to speak with a victim advocate.
    • Victim Advocates at the Victim Service Center (VSC) of Central Florida: The VSC operates a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week Sexual Assault Hotline. The hotline is for anyone seeking immediate telephone crisis intervention services or information on sexual assault. The hotline is operated by certified Sexual Assault Counselors. Certified Sexual Assault Counselors are trained to provide immediate crisis intervention and ongoing support. Phone number: 407.497.6701 (24 hours a day/7 days a week)

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (407-628-6340): Students have the opportunity for one-on-one counseling on campus in the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Confidentiality laws protect the conversations individuals have with a counselor. Services are provided free of charge. Counselors are available to meet with students by appointment or almost immediately in crisis situations.
  • Health Services (407-646-2235): Students may seek medical attention, Plan B, STD/STI testing or seek answers to their questions and concerns by visiting the health center. Confidentiality laws protect the conversations you have with medical staff in the course of care or treatment.

 5)      If you would like to file a report with the College, you can contact any of these offices.  You can request that an advocate accompany you to file a report.

  • Campus Safety: The opportunity to file a report with the College is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling Campus Safety (407-646-2999). Campus Safety can respond to your location to take a report or you can go to the Campus Safety office.
  •  Title IX Coordinator/Deputy Title IX Coordinator: Both the Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator are available to meet with any individual to discuss the options for filing and resolving a report, and offer measures to protect safety and well-being.
  •  Community Standards and Responsibility: An individual can file a report with the College by utilizing the incident report form on the Office of Community Standards and Responsibility’s website (www.rollins.edu/csr).
  • Local Law Enforcement: An individual may file a report with the Winter Park Police Department or other law enforcement agency (depending on the location of the incident). A Rollins staff member is available to assist you in contacting local law enforcement.