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If you are a victim of sexual violence, you are not alone and are in no way responsible for your assault.
If you, or someone you know, has experienced a sexual assault or sexual misconduct, safety is of the utmost importance. You may take the following steps to ensure your safety:
- Call 911 immediately if you believe you are in danger.
- Get to a safe place or call a supportive friend.
- Call the confidential OSU Center for Health Sciences Victim Advocate at 918-200-5218.
- Call the confidential local 24 hour Rape Crisis Line at 918-743-5763
- Do not shower, bathe, douche, change or destroy clothes; do not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum; do not take any medications. Preserving evidence for possible criminal prosecution is important.
- Seek medical help to gather evidence for possible criminal prosecution and for treatment of any possible injuries.
Decide whether to file a report with one or all of the following:
- OSU-CHS Security: 918-625-8592
- Tulsa Police Department: 918-596-9222
- Title IX Coordinator
Tina Tappana, Director Human Resources
Main Hall 1405, OSU-Tulsa
- You may also contact Domestic Violence Intervention Services of Tulsa at 918-585-3163.
If you are unsure whether a particular incident is a form of sexual misconduct, read definitions here.
What to do if you are a victim of sexual violence
- If you are not safe and need immediate help, call 911. If the incident happened on campus, call OSU-CHS Security at 918-625-8592. If the incident occurred elsewhere in Tulsa, call the Tulsa Police Department at 918-596-9222. If the incident happened anywhere else, call the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction in the location where it occurred.
- Do what you need to do to feel safe. Go to a safe place or contact someone with whom you are comfortable. You can call the 24-hour Rape Crisis Line 918-743-5763 to get advice and discuss options for how to proceed.
- Students can also call Cindie Lamon, OSU-CHS Victim Advocate at 918-200-5218
- Do not shower, bathe, douche, change or destroy clothes, eat, drink, smoke, chew gum, take any medications or straighten the room or place of the incident. Preserving evidence is critical for criminal prosecution. Although you may not want to prosecute immediately after the incident, that choice will not be available later without credible evidence. The evidence collected can also be useful in the campus conduct process.
- Go to the Hillcrest Medical Center to receive care for any physical injuries that may have occurred. Upon arrival at Hillcrest Medical Center, you will be taken to a private exam area. A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), a sexual assault response advocate and police officer will be available for support. You will be examined by the nurse in order to treat any injuries and to gather evidence. While in the emergency room, treatment will be provided for sexually transmitted diseases and to prevent pregnancy. These services are free of charge.
- With your permission, the sexual assault response advocate will support you throughout the entire exam, which will be performed by the nurse. The advocate will provide a packet of written materials that contains information about common reactions to sexual assault, follow-up medical needs and support services.
On and Off Campus Resources
Sexual harassment and sexual violence can be emotionally disruptive, and it takes time to come to terms with such major stress. In addition to support that may be found in family and friends, the following agencies and departments can serve as resources.
It is important to be aware that different individuals who one may contact for assistance following an incident may have different responsibilities regarding confidentiality, depending on their position. Under state law, some individuals can assure the victim of confidentiality, including counselors and certified victims’ advocates. In general, however, any other university employee cannot guarantee complete confidentiality, unless specifically provided by law. Universities must balance the needs of the individual victim with an obligation to protect the safety and well-being of the community at large.
OSU-CHS VICTIM ADVOCATE (CONFIDENTIAL REPORTING OPTION)
A Victim Advocate is an individual who can confidentially provide students with information about on- and off- campus resources available to victims.
Felmlee Building, B143C
COUNSELING RESOURCES (CONFIDENTIAL REPORTING OPTIONS)
Student Counseling Center
Main Hall 2419, OSU-Tulsa
The first five sessions are free.
Counseling services available through Behavioral Health Resources
4300 S. Harvard Ave., Suite 100
Tulsa, OK 74135
24-hour Crisis Line: 918-743-5763
LOCAL SERVICES AVAILABLE TO VICTIMS (NON-CONFIDENTIAL REPORTING OPTIONS)
First Floor CAME Building
Tulsa Police Department
600 Civic Center, STE 303
Tulsa, OK 74103
It’s important to have a thorough medical examination after a sexual assault even if the victim does not have any apparent physical injuries. Medical providers can treat injuries and test for sexually transmitted infections.
Hillcrest Medical Center
1120 S Utica Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74104
Further educational information on sexual violence prevention can be found at http://1is2many.okstate.edu.
Also, check out http://notalone.gov for more information and resources.