The Office of Counseling Services has partnered with FAMU Student Health Services and FAMU Public Safety to increase sexual assault awareness and prevention efforts on FAMU's campus.
Sexual Assault Resource Numbers
FAMU Public Safety (24 hours a day)
Refuge House Crisis Hotline (24 hours a day)850-681-2111 or 800-500-1119
FAMU Student Health Services
FAMU Office of Counseling Services
What is sexual assault?
The intentional sexual contact, characterized by the use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes rape, forcible sodomy (oral or anal) and other unwanted sexual contact that is aggravated, abusive or wrongful (including unwanted sexual contact) or attempts to commit these acts.
What to do if you have been sexually assaulted?
- Go to a safe place.
- If you want to report the crime, notify the police immediately. Reporting the crime can help you regain a sense of personal power and control. FAMU Public Safety is 599-3256
- Call a friend, a family member, or someone else you trust who can be with you and give you support.
- Preserve all physical evidence of the assault. Do not shower, bathe, douche, eat, drink, wash your hands, or brush your teeth until after you have had a medical examination.
- Save all of the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault.
- Get medical care as soon as possible. Go to a hospital emergency department or a specialized forensic clinic that provides treatment for sexual assault victims. Even if you think that you do not have any physical injuries, you should still have a medical examination and discuss with a health care provider the risk of exposure to sexually transmitted infections and the possibility of pregnancy resulting from the sexual assault. Having a medical exam is also a way for you to preserve physical evidence of a sexual assault.
- Write down as much as you can remember about the circumstances of the assault, including a description of the assailant.
- Get information whenever you have questions or concerns. After a sexual assault, you have a lot of choices and decisions to make - e.g., about getting medical care, making a police report, and telling other people. You may have concerns about the impact of the assault and the reactions of friends and family members. You can get information by calling a rape crisis center, a hotline, or other victim assistance agencies.
- Talk with a counselor who is trained to assist rape victims. Counseling can help you learn how to cope with the emotional and physical impacts of the assault. You can find a counselor by contacting the Office of Counseling Services, Refuge House, RAINN. RAINN is a national victim assistance organization, at 1-800-656-HOPE.