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For Immediate Help

If you are the victim of violence, including sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, or violence/harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity, help is available!

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Once you are no longer in immediate danger and are in a safe place:

• To help ease the shock, keep yourself warm by using a blanket or coat

• Preserve any evidence. DO NOT:

  • Take a shower or bath
  • Douche
  • Smoke
  • Change clothes. If you must change clothes, place your clothes in a paper bag because plastic bags are known to destroy evidence
  • Touch anything at the crime scene
  • Brush/Comb your hair
  • Urinate (if possible)
  • Eat/ Drink anything
  • Brush/Rinse your teeth

How to Report An Incident and Obtain Help and Support

• Call someone you trust:

  • Friend
  • Relative
  • Resident Assistant (RA)
  • Victim Advocate: Family Crisis Resource Center (FCRC)– 301-759-9244
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)– 301-687-4234
  • Brady Health Center– 301-687-4310
  • Western Maryland Regional Medical Center– 240-964-1200

• Seek medical attention– Western Maryland Regional Medical Center– 240-964-1200

  • Take a change of clothing with you to the hospital

• Call the police

  • On-campus Police– 301-687-4222
  • Frostburg City Police – 301-689-3000

No two individuals process a traumatic event such as sexual assault in the same manner. There is no “right” or “wrong” reaction to a traumatic event. Some typical reactions may include:

  • Confusion
  • Denying that the event happened
  • Fear
  • Depression
  • Disorientation
  • Feelings of anxiety or panic
  • Anger
  • Withdrawal from others
  • Numbness
  • Hurt
  • Embarrassment
  • Feeling “unclean”