Sexual Assault and Rape

Surviving sexual assault or rape and reaching out for help takes tremendous courage and strength.  Whether you, or someone you know, has been a victim of sexual assault or rape, this page will help to explore options and resources.  For Mercer University's definition of sexual assault, please review the Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Policy.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED OR RAPED:

  • Go to a safe place.
  • Contact someone who can help you.  If you are in imminent danger call Mercer Police, 911, a friend, or your Resident Assistant.
  • Preserve evidence.  If the assault occurred within the past 72 hours, if possible, do not change clothes, shower, bathe, or brush your teeth. If you do change clothes and shower, place clothing in a paper bag and take them with you to the hospital.
  • Seek medical attention as needed, even if your injuries look like they have healed.  You may have injuries that need to be assessed by a medical professional.  The University has compiled a list of medical facilities in close proximity to each campus that can provide emergency medical assistance, sexual assault evidence collection, treatment for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, and/or pregnancy and HIV if needed. 
  • Seek confidential support.  Contact your campus counseling service M-F 8:30am-5:00pm or if after hours, contact Mercer Police to access a counselor on call.
  • Develop a safety plan.  Contact Mercer Policethe Title IX Coordinator or the Dean of Students to assist you in developing a plan for your safety.
  • Talk with an advocate.  Mercer has identified several crisis centers and advocacy organizations in close proximity to each campus that can provide support over the phone or in person.
  • Request a protective order, no contact order, or safe housing.  Mercer Police, the Title IX Coordinator, or the Dean of Students can help explain this process to you.
  • Academic concerns. If you are having trouble attending classes or completing your academic assignments, papers, and/or exams, contact the Title IX Coordinator or Dean of Students.
  • File a report with Title IX Coordinator, Dean of Students, or Mercer Police.
  • Contact the Title IX Coordinator to learn more about your options and resources.

REMEMBER SEXUAL ASSAULT IS NOT YOUR FAULT. HELP IS AVAILABLE. 

Please visit the Who Can I Talk To? page for more information about confidential and private support and resources.