If you have experienced a form of harassment (sexual misconduct) such as sexual assault, please consider your options. Even if you do not believe you have urgent medical needs, it is crucial that you obtain medical attention as soon as possible after experiencing a sexual assault or other forms of harassment (sexual misconduct) to determine the possibilities of physical injury and to prevent or treat sexually transmitted infections. You deserve immediate care, and you have both on- and off-campus resources available to you.
If you have questions about your medical options, you can discuss them with the following resources:
Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville and Mercy Hospital in Ozark offer many services 24/7 for survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence such as:
Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center: 479-968-6211
Mercy Hospital in Ozark, AR: 479-667-4138
The Health and Wellness Center at Arkansas Tech University can help survivors of sexual misconduct sort through their feelings and begin the recovery process. The professionals at Counseling Services are trained to provide crisis intervention on short term and emergency issues. Counseling Services can also provide referral services for outside providers, law enforcement, and Title IX. Staff in the Health and Wellness Center can provide:
If you choose to have forensic evidence collected at a hospital, it is important to do so within 96 hours of an assault, but the sooner you can be examined, the better. Even if you do not want to file charges or report to ATU or police at the time, by having evidence collected, you keep your options open. Having evidence collected does not mean you have to want to press charges or even make up your mind about what you want to do. It means that if you decide a few days, weeks, or months later that you want to report the assault to ATU and/or law enforcement, the physical evidence has been preserved. Exams performed in the 96-hour timeframe are paid for by the state of Arkansas
Some general guidelines for evidence collection: