Resources for Victims
If you have been sexually assaulted, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible after the assault.
- To treat physical injuries
- To ascertain the risk of sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy and intervene accordingly
- To gather evidence that could aid prosecution. Evidence should be collected immediately. After the first 24 hours, the quality of evidence usually decreases, but can be collected up to 72 hours after the assault. The evidence collection can be performed at any of the area hospital emergency rooms, usually takes about four hours, and you may have a support person present during the exam. You are encouraged not to bathe, brush your teeth, use the toilet, douche, or change clothing.
Connecticut General Statute 19a-112a (e): No costs incurred by a healthy care facility shall be charged directly or indirectly to such victim for the examination of a victim of sexual assault, when such examination is performed for the purpose of gathering evidence as prescribed in the protocol, including the costs of testing for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases and costs of prophylactic treatment as provided in the protocol. Any such costs shall be charged to the Office of Victim Services within the Judicial Department.
If you seek treatment at a local hospital and police are contacted, this does not mean you have to proceed with criminal charges.
Follow up and routine gynecological services are provided at the University’s Health Services 860.768.6601. Gynecology clinics are held weekly. Questions regarding the medical aspects of the assault can be answered during regular Health Service hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Emotional Support and Counseling on Campus
There are a number of services on campus to provide emotional support and counseling to individuals who have been sexually assaulted. Sexual Assault advisors are volunteer members of the University of Hartford faculty and staff. All have intensive training in serving as advocates to help individuals deal with the aftermath of an assault. They can assist in identifying existing needs, whether medical, judicial/legal, counseling, academic, or housing related. They can also inform the student regarding the most appropriate campus and/or community services to provide this needed assistance and can facilitate the setting up of appointments, as needed or requested. These advisors are on call around the clock, on a rotating schedule. To contact a sexual assault advisor, call Public Safety at 860.768.7985.
You may also reach a counselor at Counseling and Psychological Services by calling 860.768.4482 during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. during the academic year. After hours assistance is available through the University Public Safety dispatcher at 860.768.7985.
(For a list of Emotional Support and Counseling Off Campus, please see heading IV in the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy and Procedures)