What if I’ve Been Sexually Assaulted?

Call for Support

To help sort out your options and receive emotional support, you can call the 24-hour MSU Sexual Assault Crisis Line. One of our trained advocates can speak with you over the phone or chat with you on our crisis chat service available through our website. Our crisis line – as with all of our services – is free and confidential.

We serve people of all genders. You do not have to be affiliated with MSU to call.

24- Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline: (517) 372-6666

In the case of an emergency, call 911

Consider Going to the Hospital

A medical exam can treat injuries, prevent sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, and provide evidence for prosecution.

If you go to a hospital for evidence collection and medical attention, the nurse who examines you is required by law to notify law enforcement. When law enforcement arrives, it is not required that you give a statement. If you go to a clinic (like Planned Parenthood) for medical attention only, law enforcement will not be notified.

Sparrow Hospital conducts free medical exams.

If you would like a forensic exam, don’t bathe, douche, or change clothes before going to the hospital. Washing or changing clothes may remove forensic evidence. If you do bathe, douche, or change clothes, a hospital will still provide a forensic evidence exam. Victims can bring clothing that was worn during the assault or any other relevant items to the hospital for collection. It is recommended to place items in a paper bag rather than a plastic bag, as plastic bags can often cause evidence to be contaminated or destroyed.

If you are considering reporting your assault to law enforcement, a forensic exam can be completed within 120 hours after an assault.

Consider Filing a Police Report

Making a report allows police to conduct an investigation. The length of the investigation will vary depending on the circumstances of the crime. Once concluded, the case will be forwarded to the county prosecutor’s office to determine if charges against the assailant will be filed. Call your local police precinct or contact our program to speak with an advocate if you would like to file a police report.

Call 911 in the case of an emergency.

Consider Reporting to MSU

Sexual assault, relationship violence, and sexual harassment are against MSU policy.

If you or the perpetrator of your assault are affiliated with MSU in any way, you may report the incident to the University through the MSU Office of Institutional Equity. When a report is made to OIE, it will be automatically forwarded to the MSU Police Department. MSUPD will then reach out to you via email or phone and ask if you would like to make a statement. You are not required to speak with the police or participate in their investigation.

All reports made to OIE and MSUPD are kept private and treated with sensitivity.

Consider Speaking with a Professional Counselor

The effects of sexual assault and trauma are important to explore. Speaking with a trained professional might help you understand its impact in a safe environment. Making the first call is difficult to do, but we hope you’ll seek services when you’re ready. The MSU Sexual Assault Program provides free and confidential counseling to MSU students and can help provide referrals for non-MSU students. Please contact us to find out more: 517-355-3551.

Support Survivors

See the How To be Supportive of a Friend page if you believe someone you know has been sexually assaulted.