If you would like to report a sexual assault, you have both on-campus and off campus options available to you.
Whatever decision you make, know that free, confidential support is available. To find resources near you, call the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network’s Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.
Choosing whether to report a sexual assault is a personal decision that only you can make. Only about 5% of campus sexual assaults are reported – in fact, it is the most underreported violent crime.
Whatever you decide, know there are individuals within the local and campus communities that are able to offer you information and support. Regardless of the specifics of your situation, no one has the right to hurt you and there are many different reporting options, should you decide to do so. An advocate, whether on-campus or through a rape crisis center, can help you explore your options, answer any questions you may have, and address some of your concerns. If you do not know who to contact, the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network has a 24-hour hotline (1-800-656-HOPE) that can direct you to local resources.
If you need more information before connecting with an advocate or other support, RAINN’s Reporting Rape page answers common questions a survivor may have when deciding whether or not to report a rape or sexual assault.