Getting Help: For Students

If you are the victim of sexual assault, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or any other form of sexual or interpersonal misconduct, LMU will support you and connect you to the care that you need while ensuring that you know your options and your rights during this difficult time.

You do not have to go through this alone.

Safety

If you are concerned about your safety or cannot get to a safe place to seek help, call 911 immediately. Also, strongly consider calling a trusted friend to come to support you and make sure you’re not alone.

If you are on campus, you can also call the Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Line by dialing 222 on campus or (310) 338-2893 x1 from any off-campus or cellular phone. The Department of Public Safety may also be reached by pressing the button on the blue light boxes located throughout campus.

Medical Attention

Victims of sexual assault should consider seeking medical attention for the following reasons:

  • A doctor can treat any bruising, lacerations or internal injuries that you suffered, even if they’re not perceptible to you.
  • A doctor can prescribe antibiotics to prevent sexually transmitted infections and counsel you about pregnancy prevention and testing.
  • A medical professional can collect and preserve forensic evidence which can be used later if you decide to file a criminal complaint with the police or a complaint with Judicial Affairs. (For more information, please read the “Preserving and Collecting Physical Evidence” section below.)

To obtain medical care:

  • You can walk in to the LMU Student Health Center any time Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM, and until 7PM on Wednesdays.

Location: First floor of the F. Patrick Burns Center (located on the north side of the Burns Recreation building)
Phone: (310) 338-2881

  • The Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center (RTC) is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. RTC provides general medical treatment and collection of evidence, and also provides long term counseling support for victims of sexual assault and sexual violence as well as advocacy and accompaniment services. LMU offers free and confidential rides to and from RTC at any time of day or night. Just call the Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Line by dialing 222 on campus or (310) 338-2893 x1 and an officer will escort you there.

Location: 1250 16th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 319-4000

  • Marina Del Rey Hospital offers 24-hour emergency services. LMU offers free and confidential rides to and from the hospital at any time of day or night. Just call the Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Line by dialing 222 on campus or (310) 338-2893 x1 and an officer will escort you there.

Location: 4650 Lincoln Boulevard, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Phone: (310) 823-8911 Ext. 5100

Student Psychological Services also offers free and confidential counseling to students who have experienced sexual and interpersonal misconduct.

Find out more about confidential counseling services. 

 

Preserving and Collecting Physical Evidence

If you have experienced sexual misconduct, evidence may be left on your body, clothing or at the crime scene. It is important to collect any forensic evidence as soon as possible as this can be helpful in a criminal or civil investigation. Even if you are not sure that you want to report the incident to the police or DPS, a medical center can collect physical evidence and preserve it anonymously while you take time to decide. If you later choose to file a criminal complaint or a complaint with Judicial Affairs, this forensic evidence may be pivotal in strengthening your case.

To preserve physical evidence, do not wash your face or hands, bathe, brush your teeth, eat or drink, douche, change your clothes, or move or remove anything from the area that the incident occurred (bed linens, etc.). You should write down the details of the event as soon as possible, including the date and time that it occurred, the name and/or physical description of the perpetrator, the location, what happened and the names of any witnesses or people that saw you right before or after the assault took place. Keep this written account in a safe place. It may be helpful to you and to law enforcement should you later choose to prosecute.

Learn more about how to report an assault.

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