If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted or has been exposed to any form of sexual or gender misconduct, you are strongly encouraged to consider taking the following actions:
1) Go to a safe environment. You may want to call a trusted family member, friend, or individual to stay with you for support.
Know that the incident was not your fault.
Medical Emergencies – 911
You are encouraged to contact local police in the city where the sexual assault took place. You may also contact Chapman Public Safety to assist with this process:
- Chapman University Public Safety Office: 714-997-6763
- Orange Police Department: 714-744-7444
- Irvine Police Department: 949-724-7000
2) During working hours you can also discuss your options and make a report by contacting Dr. Dani Smith, our Rape Crisis Counselor or other privileged offices/individuals.
- Dr. Dani Smith—Rape Crisis Counselor: 714-744-7080
- Student Psychological. Counseling Services: 714-997-6778
- Rev. Dr. Gail Stearns: 714-628-7289
- Rev. Nancy Brink: 714-628-6760
3) Forensic exam/Rape kit Information. https://www.rainn.org/get-information/sexual-assault-recovery/rape-kit
If you wish to contact police and/or have a forensic exam ‘rape kit’ done, try to preserve evidence. Try not to wash your face or hands, bathe, brush your teeth, drink or eat, douche, or change clothes if you can avoid it. If you do change your clothes, put all clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault in individual paper bags (not plastic). Do not clean or disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred. It is important to preserve as much evidence as possible if you wish to file a report with law enforcement.
- If you do not want to contact law enforcement but would like a rape kit, contact CSP Rape Hotline at: 714-957-2737 and discuss this with online advocates.
4) Get medical care as soon as possible.
- For life-threatening conditions, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital Emergency Department (if you need assistance getting there call Public Safety at (714) 997-6763.
- If you choose — you may have evidence collected to aid criminal prosecution if you later decide to file criminal charges. It is best for any physical evidence to be collected immediately, ideally within the first 72 hours. All ‘rape kits’ in Orange County, California are conducted at Anaheim Regional Medical Center. Specially trained nurses are on call to perform the evidence collection exam. Additionally, a sexual assault advocate from Community Service Programs or a support person of your choice may be present throughout the procedure.
- Even if you think that you do not have any physical injuries, you should still have a medical examination.
- Discuss with a health care provider the risk of exposure to sexually transmitted infections and the possibility of pregnancy resulting from sexual assault.
- For treatment of less serious injuries, use the Student Health Center (714) 997-6851.
- For after-hours, contact Public Safety (714)-997-6763 or CSP 24 Hour Rape Crisis Hotline (714) 957-2737.
5) Write down as much as you can remember about the circumstances of the assault, including a description of the assailant. This information may be minimal at first so continue to add details as you remember them. It is not unusual for survivors of trauma to have minimal recall at first. As time goes by, you may remember more details.
6) If you suspect that you have been given some type of drug, ask the hospital personnel where you receive medical care to take a urine sample. Drugs, such as Rohypnol and GHB, are more likely to be detected in urine than in blood. However, they DO leave the body quickly.
7) Obtain information, support and counseling / Know your options.
To find out what your options contact any one of these privileged and confidential offices.
- Dr. Dani Smith is Chapman University’s Rape Crisis Counselor: Dr. Smith can provide you with information regarding your options; assist with contacting local police; obtaining information regarding rape kits; on campus medical exams. You can contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org; phone at 714-744-7080; or by calling Chapman University Public Safety at: 714-997-6763.
- Off-campus Community Service Programs (CSP) offers a 24 Hour Hotline for support.
8. If you wish to file a report with Chapman University, contact any of the following Title IX Coordinators: For Students:
- Dr. DeAnn Yocum Gaffney: (714) 997-6721
- Deborah Miller: (714) 997-6603
- Dr. DeAnn Yocum-Gaffney: (714) 997-6847 - Lead Title IX Coordinator
- Mia Basic: 714-516-4539