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What should I do if I have been assaulted?

  • Tell someone. Report it. Call the Baylor Police Department. You won't have to decide if you want to press charges immediately, but reporting it to authorities is an important step if you do decide to press charges later.
The Baylor University Counseling Center has a counselor on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You might feel more comfortable talking with a counselor before talking with police, which is okay.
  • Don't destroy evidence. Don't wash or change your clothes, brush your teeth, or go to the bathroom. Go directly to get help.
  • Seek medical attention. Go to a hospital. A medical exam is very important, because it can allow for physical evidence to be collected. You don't have to decide immediately if you want to press charges; but if you don't permit physical evidence to be collected now, you may not be able to get it later. You should be tested for pregnancy and sexual transmitted infections.

You may experience some symptoms of trauma, which include sleep disturbances, eating pattern disturbances, mood swings, feelings of humiliation or self blame, nightmares, anger, fear of sex, and difficulty in trusting others. If you do experience these symptoms, the best thing to do is to get some help.

Important numbers for getting assistance:

Baylor University Police Department: (254) 710-2222
Baylor University Counseling Center: (254) 710-2647

Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Medical Center
100 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX 76712
(254) 202-2000

Providence Hospital
6901 Medical Parkway
Waco, TX 76712
(254) 751-4000
(254) 751-4180 (Emergency room)

Waco Advocacy Center
2323 Columbus Avenue
Waco, TX 76701
Local crisis hotline: (254) 752-7233
National toll free: (888) 867-7233

National Sexual Assault Hotline
(800) 656-HOPE
All calls are free and are kept anonymous

McLane Student Life Center
2nd Floor
Phone: 254.710.2467
Fax: 254.710.2460

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.