Counseling Services

Recommended Steps to Take After Forced or Unwanted Sexual Contact

  1. Go to a safe place as soon as possible.
  2. Avoid the following activities in an effort to preserve physical evidence: shower, brush teeth, eat or change clothing.  If you change clothes, put all clothing worn at the time of the incident into a paper bag. 
  3. Contact a Victim Advocate* (317-910-5572) or the Butler University Police (317-940-9396). Both are available 24-hours a day.
  4. Seek medical attention as soon as possible to assess for injury and treat for exposure to infections.  Immediate medical attention for victims 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
    victim's consent, a specially trained nurse will conduct an exam to collect evidence.
  5. At the hospital, victims are offered an option to speak with a police officer to report the incident and request an investigation. The Butler University Police may be utilized for this report.
  6. 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.
  7. Access routine STI 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.