The Joyful Heart Foundation states, "There are many short- and long-term effects of sexual assault and rape that affect the mind, body and spirit". Their website, linked below, provides information on the physical, mental, and emotional effects of sexual assault and rape.
If you have been sexually assaulted, we encourage you to consider your safety first. Once you are safe, then move on to other areas of concern. Try not to worry about your physical appearance. You will not be judged by those seeking to assist you. If you can wait, please do not shower. Many important pieces of information (DNA, etc) may be on your person. It is understandable that you may be experiencing feelings of trauma. An advocate from the campus Victim Advocate program or Lifeline's Rape Crisis Center can assist you in developing a plan of action and in accessing available resources.
In terms of forensics, there may be a small window of time in which DNA and other medical evidence can be collected. However if you have been sexually assaulted, regardless of when the assault occurred, it is not too late to seek help. Medical assistance, legal assistance, and (in particular) emotional support can be beneficial to you well after an assault occurs. Again remember, even days or week after an assault, your safety is still very important; there are campus resources are available to assist in this regard.
As per the USA Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy, the "University of South Alabama is committed to an environment in which students, faculty, staff and guests are free from sexual harassment, including sexual violence/sexual assault."
The University is dedicated to helping all victims of sexual assault in the most supportive and appropriate manner possible. The following link provides further information regarding the University's policies in reference to sexual assault and compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
The following list provides contact information for campus and community resources available to any University student who has experienced a sexual assault. The assault does not have to occur on campus to seek assistance from these services. Additionally, you may seek assistance from one or more of these services; you do not have to seek assistance in any particular order.
- (251) 460-7151 or (251) 460-6312
- Trained advocates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide emotional support, information, and referrals on services available following a sexual assault (medical, legal, housing, academic, etc)
- (251) 415-1620
- Children's and Women's Hospital is able to collect evidence, even if the survivor is not sure about pressing charges. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE nurses) are available 24 hours a day.
- (251) 460-7151
- Provides follow-up care for sexual assault victims and confidential testing for STDs.
- Call (251) 460-6312 to file a report with the USA Police; to file a disciplinary case through the University, call the Dean of Students at 460-6172
- (251) 460-7051, 300 Student Center Circle
- Confidential, no-cost counseling by professionals who are trained to assist students with issues including sexual assault
- (251) 473-7273 or 1-800-718-7273
- Services are available 24 hours a day
- (251) 460-6185
- If the student is a resident, the student’s RA or CD can assist in making sure the student has a safe place to go, assist with housing related needs, and help with referrals to other services
- (251) 460-6172
Campus Ministers c/o Dean of Student Services office
- (251) 460-6172
- (800) 541-9388
- (251) 473-7273
LiveSafe is a free mobile app made available by the University of South Alabama. Designed to prevent crime and enable better incident response, the LiveSafe technology includes an app for smartphone users that is connected to a cloud-based dashboard. This dashboard is monitored by officials within the University Police Department.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is sponsored by the University of South Alabama's Violence Prevention Alliance, a volunteer-based committee that promotes efforts to prevent the victimization of USA students, faculty, staff and community members. SAAM is held to increase awareness of sexual assault issues during the month of April. Those who attend the SAAM events will have the opportunity to learn more about sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence.