What to do if you’ve been sexually assaulted

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911 or (310) 243-3333 to reach the CSUDH Police Department. They will ensure your safety.

Your safety is important. Are you in a safe place? If you’re not feeling safe, consider reaching out to someone you trust for support. If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, call 911.

Your health is important. Are you injured? Take care of your health by getting a free Forensic Exam (see below) and/or accessing other medical services for STI and pregnancy prevention.

Your mental health is important. Consider talking to a Victim's Advocate, counselor, or a trusted friend for support and to think through your options.

Consider reporting. Preserve any evidence, avoid showering, brushing, bathing or douching; if possible, avoid eating or drinking water if you intend upon having a Forensic Exam to collect evidence. 

There are many people that can help you access the resources listed below: 

Supportive Services

It’s hard to know what to do, how to feel, or what your options are after a sexual assault. Please know that you’re not alone. If you are interested in seeking supportive services, refer to your options below.

On-Campus:

Victim’s Advocate
Mayra Romo

Phone: (310) 243-2567
Email: mromo@csudh.edu
To schedule an appointment: https://calendly.com/mromo
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The advocate can provide confidential support and a safe place to talk to you about your options and resources. All communications with certified Victim’s Advocates are privileged and confidential under California Evidence Code Sections 1010-1027, 1035.2 and 1037.2. Accordingly, Victim's Advocates are not mandated reporters under CSU Executive Order or the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

Student Psychological Services

Phone: (310) 243-3818

The Student Health Center is located between Welch Hall and the University Theatre.

Regular Hours (During Academic Year):
Monday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Summer Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Psychological counseling is available year-round. Call ahead to schedule an appointment for individual counseling


Off-Campus:

YWCA of Greater LA
24-hour hotline:
 (877) 943-5778

Locations and non-emergency numbers:

Compton Empowerment Center
1600 East Compton Boulevard
Compton, CA 90221 
Phone: (310) 763-9117

South Bay Empowerment Center
920 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Long Beach, CA 90813
Phone: (562) 590-6400

Angeles Mesa Empowerment Center
2501 West Vernon Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Phone: (323) 295-4288

National Sexual Assault Hotline
(800) 656-HOPE (4673)

Medical Services

After a sexual assault, you may wish to seek medical attention to treat any possible injuries and to check for injuries you may not be able to see.

For basic medical treatment:

CSUDH Student Health Center
Provides basic medical treatment and follow-up care for all registered students, but does not provide Sexual Assault or Domestic Violence Forensic exams. Offers emergency contraception, screening and treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases as well as pregnancy testing. 

For a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam:

A Victim's Advocate will arrange a free, confidential Sexual Assault or Domestic Violence Forensic Exam and can provide hospital accompaniment and support during the exam.
If you would like to inquire about obtaining a forensic exam, call the  YWCA of Greater LA 24-Hour Hotline at (877) 943-5778.

The Victim's Advocate will active the SART (Sexual Assault Response Team), which includes a YWCA GLA advocate, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, and law enforcement.

Please note that no victim of sexual assault shall be required to participate with the local law enforcement agency or criminal justice system prior to the examination or at any other time.

Reporting to Law Enforcement

The decision to report to law enforcement is entirely yours. Some survivors say that reporting and seeking justice helped them recover and regain a sense of control over their lives. Understanding how to report and learning more about the experience can take away some of the unknowns and help you feel more prepared.

If you choose to report the sexual assault to law enforcement, you have several options: 

Call 911:

If you are in immediate danger, dial 911. Help will come to you, wherever you are. 

Contact the University Police:

If the assault occurred on or around CSUDH's campus, including housing, the CSUDH police can be reached at (310) 243-3333.

Contact local the local police department:

If the assault occurred in a different location, contact the police department in the city in which the assault occurred or dial 911.

Reporting to CSUDH

Whether or not you decide to report to law enforcement, CSUDH encourages you to report any incidents to the university. This allows the university to ensure your safety and the safety of other students, hold people accountable, and to track incidents and identify repeat perpetrators, as well as accurately report incidents.

To make a report or find out more, contact the Title IX officer:

Elizabeth Schrock, Title IX Officer
Welch Hall B470-H
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (310) 243-3492
Email: eschrock@csudh.edu

You may also fill out the Student Reporting Form [PDF] or Staff Reporting Form [PDF] and turn them in to the Title IX officer. She will follow up with you.

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You don't have to go through this alone. We are here to help. You have the right to confidential supportive services, medical services, and to report to the police and the university.