It is important that victims take steps to preserve and collect evidence; doing so preserves the full range of options available, be it through the university’s administrative complaint procedures or criminal prosecution. To preserve evidence:
- do not wash your face or hands
- do not shower or bathe
- do not brush your teeth
- do not change clothes or straighten up the area where the assault took place
- do not dispose of clothes or other items that were present during the assault, or use the restroom
- seek a medical exam immediately
If the victim has already cleaned up from the assault, he/she can still report the crime, as well as seek medical or counseling treatment. The victim may contact the police, consult with the campus Title IX Coordinator, or a local sexual assault victim resource center.