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Preserving Evidence

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:

  1. do not wash your face or hands
  2. do not shower or bathe
  3. do not brush your teeth
  4. do not change clothes or straighten up the area where the assault took place
  5. do not dispose of clothes or other items that were present during the assault, or use the restroom
  6. 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.