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If you have been hurt by an acquaintance, partner, family member or stranger, it was not your fault. The Aurora Center provides free and confidential services to the University of Minnesota community who have been hurt by sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. Although recovery can be a long process, there are some things you can do right now that may help to keep open all of your options for recovery and action in the future.

Here is a list of things you can do if you’ve been sexually assaulted, experienced violence in your relationship, or experienced stalking/harassment.

Sexual Assault

If you have been sexually assaulted:

  1. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
  2. Go someplace safe.
  3. Tell a person who will support you and/or call The Aurora Center at 612-626-9111.
  4. Have your medical needs attended to at a clinic or in the emergency room.
  5. Consider whether you’d like to make a police report. If there’s any chance that you want to report your assault to the police now or in the future:
    • Do not shower or douche.
    • Save the clothes you were wearing at the time of the assault in a paper bag.
    • Save sheets, blankets, or anything else that may have evidence in a paper bag. Do not throw anything away or try to clean up.
    • Go the emergency room where you can receive a sexual assault exam (performed by specially-trained female nurses). Such an exam can be performed up to 120 hours after an assault, but it is most successful within the first 24 hours.
    • Call The Aurora Center to speak with an advocate at 612-626-9111. An advocate can meet you at the hospital to give you support and answer any questions you may have.
  6. Consider joining a support group for survivors of sexual assault. You can contact The Aurora Center for more information on our support group for students.
  7. Learn more about sexual assault.

Relationship Violence

If you have experienced violence in your relationship:

  1. If you are in immediate danger, contact 911.
  2. If you need immediate shelter/housing assistance, contact Day One at: 1-866-223-1111.
  3. Go someplace safe.
  4. Tell a person who will support you and/or call The Aurora Center at 612-626-9111.
  5. Have your medical needs attended to at a hospital or clinic.
  6. Think about how you can keep yourself safe for the next 72 hours. Contact The Aurora Center for information on local shelters and other resources or to discuss a safety plan or restraining order. We offer on-campus legal advocacy.
  7. Consider filing a police report. Aurora Center advocates can facilitate and support you through this process. You can contact the police on campus by dialing 911.
  8. Learn more about relationship violence.

Stalking / Harassment

If you have experienced stalking or harassment:

  1. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
  2. Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
  3. Take seriously any threats made by the person stalking/harassing you.
  4. Keep a written log of the behavior that is alarming or harassing.
  5. Tell someone who will support you and/or call The Aurora Center at 612-626-9111.
  6. Consider making a police report. Aurora Center advocates can facilitate and support you through this process.
  7. Learn more about stalking/harassment.