Sexual Assault Resources
The needs of someone who has been sexually assaulted vary from
person to person and may vary over time. The University offers services and external
resources, some of which may be accessed 24 hours a day, so
that a student may choose what she or he would find most helpful
and healing. A trained professional staff
member serves as a Victim Advocate and provides confidential
24-hour response to students who have experienced forced or
unwanted sexual contact or interpersonal violence.
The University urges anyone who has been sexually assaulted
to seek confidential support from a Victim Advocate by
calling (317) 910-5572 as soon as
possible to minimize and treat physical harm, assist with
processing the unique and complex emotional aftermath, and help
preserve and understand options for reporting. If immediate police
intervention is desired, contact the University police
department. Students have the option to report the event
to the police and/or to the University. Even for someone who
does not wish to report the event to the police or to the
University, seeking confidential support and medical attention as
soon as possible can be helpful. At any point that a student is
ready to seek help, a Victim Advocate will be ready to assist her
If you suspect or know a friend has experienced sexual
assault, do not be afraid to seek outside help.
Recommended Steps to Take After Forced or Unwanted Sexual
- Go to a safe place as soon as possible.
- Avoid the following activities in an effort to preserve
physical evidence: showering, brushing teeth, eating or changing
clothing. If clothing is changed, put all clothing worn at the
time of the incident into a paper bag.
- Contact a Victim Advocate* (317-910-5572) or the University
police department (317-940-2873). Both are available 24 hours a
day. A Victim Advocate is trained to assist survivors in getting
physical and emotional care and to explain options and
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible to assess for injury
and treat for exposure to infections. Immediate and confidential
medical attention for survivors of sexual assault is available
at no cost at area hospitals within their Centers of Hope. The hospitals closest
to Butler with a 24-hour Center of Hope are Methodist and St.
Vincent. With a survivor's consent, a specially trained nurse will
conduct an exam to collect evidence.
- Seek counseling when the time is right. Butler's Counseling &
Consultation Services* offer free & confidential services.
Referrals to other local agencies such as Legacy House, Prevail,
and the Julian Center are available as well.
- Access routine testing for potential exposure to sexually
transmitted infections. Consult with a Victim Advocate about free
testing on campus or in the local community.
*Denotes a confidential campus resource.
Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Initiatives
- Campus wide campaigns to raise awareness around sexual
violence, relationship or dating violence and other correlated
issues including date rape drugs, alcohol, and myths
- Programs and workshops regarding issues such as sexual violence
prevention and response, dating violence prevention/response
and healthy sexual choices are available through the Office of Health
Education and Outreach Programs.
- Butler requires all incoming first-year and new transfer
students to complete the MyStudentBody online course which
includes modules on sexual violence prevention, alcohol
responsibility, and substance abuse.
- The University police department offers self-defense
- Coordination of the Butler University Victim Advocate
- Planning of Sexual Assault Awareness Week Activities
- The University's Title IX Coordinator who ensures the
University's compliance with federal law is La Veda Howell, Human Resources.
For additional information, please contact: