Next Steps

If you experience sexual misconduct, you are likely to have many concerns, including your physical health and safety, emotional and mental well-being, such medical issues as sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, the potential impact of your experience on how you relate with friends or family members, and about understanding the disciplinary or legal options available to you for responding to the act.

As you think about how you want to respond, it is most important to do what is right for you. Friends, loved ones and family members may have strong feelings about what you should do. But every person must make the decisions that are best for himself or herself. The information below and elsewhere on this website is meant to provide you resources and information so you can determine what is right for you.

Immediate actions to consider 

Individuals who experience an incident of sexual misconduct should consider the following immediate actions: The medical exam has two goals: first, to treat any injury or physical trauma and to consider the possibilities of sexually transmitted disease or pregnancy and, second, to preserve evidence in case you decide to prosecute.

IMPORTANT: Do not bathe, douche, brush your teeth, drink or change your clothing, as you may be destroying evidence you will need if you decide to prosecute.