If you are sexually assaulted while abroad it is important to remember it is NOT your fault. The following information and resources are available to help ensure your safety and decide on your next steps.
If you are sexually assaulted it is important to remember it is NOT your fault. It is also important to carefully consider your next steps to ensure your safety.
- Are you in a safe place? If not, call a trusted friend, classmate, or administrator to come get you or assist in getting you to safety.
- Do you need to seek medical attention? If so, make sure to do so immediately. International Insurance can help you identify a medical care facility. Please visit our 24/7 Emergency Contact page for International Insurance contact information.
- Do you want to report the sexual assault (either in the country you are in or to the University)?
- Every country has different laws surrounding sexual assault and, as visitors to that country, you are expected to follow them. For assistance in determining if it is safe to report the sexual assault, you may contact International Safety and Security or Pathways to Safety International.
- If you would like to report the sexual assault to the University, you can either speak with International Safety and Security who can assist in filling out the Title IX incident reporting form or you can fill out your own Title IX incident reporting form on the WeCare website.
- If you determine that you would like to report the sexual assault and press charges, make sure to do a self-collection of evidence. Put all clothes, linens, and other evidence in a paper bag. Collect any bodily fluids to the best of your ability by putting them in a container and into a paper bag. If you have any injuries, take pictures immediately.
If you are physically injured, seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you do not wish to report the sexual assault. If you feel comfortable, reach out to a trusted friend or classmate to accompany you. Having someone who can be your support system can be very comforting.
International Insurance can assist with locating a medical facility and scheduling an appointment for you. You can also seek care at the medical facility of your choosing. If you would like assistance locating a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), you should reach out to the Pathways Crisis Center, which is available 24/7.
To reach the Pathways Crisis Center from abroad, please follow the steps below:
- First find the AT&T Direct® Access Code for the country you in.
- Then pick up the phone and dial the AT&T USADirect® Access Code.
- At the prompt, enter the Pathways phone number: 833-SAFE-833 (833-723-3833).
- If you are in the United States or Canada, contact Pathways' toll-free crisis line by simply dialing 833-SAFE-833 (833-723-3833).
- You can also contact an advocate at any time via e-mail at email@example.com. Depending on demand, receiving a response can take anywhere between 2-6 hours.
If you would like to talk with a mental health provider about the sexual assault, there are multiple ways you can be connected to one.
- Utilize International Insurance to help locate a mental health professional and schedule the appointment for you. Often, but not always, International Insurance can help locate an English-speaking provider.
- Inquire about mental health services that are provided to students by your host institution. Many of our partner institutions abroad have staff dedicated to providing students resources while abroad and may have specific mental health services available.
- Reach out to Pathways Crisis Center for help locating local counselors and support groups in country.