Daytona State College values the health and safety of everyone in our community. The College does not tolerate any sexual assault or any behavior that puts the community at greater risk for sexual assault. A sexual assault includes any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent, including forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling.
Sexual assault includes unlawful, non-forcible sex offenses including incest (non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law), and statutory rape (non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent. (View summary of Florida Statutes concerning sexual assault and consent.)
What to do if you are sexually assaulted:
Get to a safe place and CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY
Immediate safety is the first priority. If you or someone you know is in danger, you should call 911. Stay on the phone as long as you can until help arrives. Remember that the police will help you whether or not you choose to prosecute the assailant.
Get medical attention
A medical examination is to check for physical injury, the presence of sexually transmitted
disease, or pregnancy as a result of the assault. Forensic evidence can be collected
during a medical examination, which will aid in the police investigation and legal
proceedings; however, if a victim/survivor chooses not to
have forensic evidence collected, health-care providers will still treat injuries and address concerns such as pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease.
Avoid bathing, douching, smoking, changing your clothing, cleaning the bed/linen/area
where the assault occurred, or altering the crime scene.
(Some of these actions may be the first thing you want to do, but you may be destroying evidence that could aid in prosecuting the assailant and obtaining a protection order.)
Note that in Florida, evidence may be collected even if you choose not to make a report to law enforcement.
Save and document all communication with the assailant and/or related to the assault such as texts,
social media messages and photos.