Mission of La Tech Sexual Assault Task Force
- To reduce the incidence of sexual assault and interpersonal violence in the Louisiana Tech community.
- To coordinate and promote effective administrative, legal, medical, and therapeutic responses for students, staff, and faculty.
- To collaborate with, and provide coordinated responses between the campus and the surrounding community.
Campus Police: 257-4018
What to do if you were raped?
There are a number of reasons why individuals who have been assaulted seek medical attention. These reasons include:
- Medical evaluation and treatment of injuries
- Evidence collection (a forensic exam)
- Assessment for and treatment of STDs
- Emergency contraception
- HIV prophylaxis to reduce the risk of HIV infection
It is recommended to seek immediate medical attention whether or not you report the incident to the police* even if you do not feel as though you have been seriously injured.
* Important Note: Medical Providers are legally mandated to report treatment of material injury (injuries which are disclosed or discovered through examination or are suspected to have resulted from illegal or unlawful acts) to law enforcement
What this means: If you speak with a medical provider about being sexually assaulted or physically harmed during an unlawful act, the medical provider must report this to law enforcement.
However, do not hesitate in seeking medical attention due to this. You do not have to make a report to law enforcement or comply with an investigation unless you want to. You can refuse to speak with law enforcement. You can refuse to give any other information about the offender or crime.
If you were assaulted less than 96 hours ago, you may want to consider going to the hospital to have evidence collected right away. This examination preserves evidence in case you decide to press charges. The evidentiary exam is paid for by the State of Louisiana and is ordered by the law enforcement agent to whom you report the incident.
Advocates trained in sexual assault crisis response will be contacted to offer you support and to speak with you about this experience. You will have the option to work with them throughout the exam.
- When you arrive at the hospital tell the ER personnel that you were sexually assaulted.
- Wait until after the exam to shower or cleanse yourself. This allows for maximum retention of evidence. However, it is still fine to have the exam if you have already showered.
- If you have had any period of amnesia associated with the assault, try not to urinate until you get to the hospital (if possible) and tell the hospital you’d like to give a urine sample to screen for possible drugs.
- If you are still wearing the clothes you had on during the assault, it is recommended that you wear them to the exam and bring a change of clothing to wear home.
If you have already changed clothes, bring the clothes you were wearing during the assault to the hospital in a paper bag. The clothing you wore during the assault may be kept as evidence. Even if the assault occurred some time ago, your clothing may still contain evidence.
You can call your primary care provider or go to a medical agency for important medical care. Listed are a few for your convenience.
Community Medical Services:Northern Louisiana Medical Center
401 E. Vaughn Ave
Ruston, LA 71270
Glenwood Regional Medical Center
503 McMillan Rd
West Monroe, LA 71291
St. Francis Medical Center
309 Jackson St
Monroe, LA 71201
Surviving a completed or attempted sexual assault will have an impact on your emotional, mental, and physical health. It can alter how you view yourself, how you view others, and how you view the world. It is normal to feel effects during the assault, after the assault, and over a considerable amount of time after the assault.
You do not need to face this alone. More often than not, seeking support from others is helpful. In addition to the Louisiana Tech University Counseling Center and other community agencies, trusted friends or family can provide emotional support. You are not alone.
Counselors are trained in assisting individuals who are experiencing effects from completed and attempted sexual assault. Start talking to someone today.
If you are a Tech student, faculty, or staff member you can seek mental health services at the Counseling Center Program on campus or you can contact services in the community.
Location: Keeny Hall 310 Phone number (318) 257-2488. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org