Are you safe? If not, get to a safe place or call 911.
If you have been hurt by an acquaintance, partner, family member or stranger, it was not your fault. The SARN provides free and confidential services to those in the St. Olaf community who have been hurt by sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking, including friends and family of survivors. Although recovery can be a long process, there are some things you can do right now that may help to keep open all of your options for recovery and action in the future.
Here is a list of things you can do if you’ve been sexually assaulted, experienced violence in your relationship, or experienced stalking/harassment.
If you have been sexually assaulted:
- Go someplace safe
- Tell a person who will support you and/or call or email SARN at (507) 786-3777or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Have your medical needs attended to at a clinic or in the emergency room.
- Consider whether you’d like to make a report to St. Olaf and/or police report. If there’s any chance that you want to report your assault to an authority, now or in the future, follow these instructions.
- Consider joining a support group for survivors of sexual assault. You can SARN for more information on our support group for students.
If you have experienced violence in your relationship:
- Go someplace safe.
- Tell a person who will support you and/or call or email SARN at (507) 786-3777 or email@example.com.
- Have your medical needs attended to at a hospital or clinic.
- Think about how you can keep yourself safe for the next 72 hours. Contact SARN for information on local shelters and other resources or to discuss a safety plan or restraining order. We offer on-campus legal advocacy.
- Consider filing a report with the college and/or police report. SARN advocates can facilitate and support you through this process.
If you have experienced stalking or harassment:
- Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
- Take seriously any threats made by the person stalking/harassing you.
- Keep a written log of the behavior that is alarming or harassing.
- Tell someone who will support you and/or call or email SARN at (507) 786-3777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Consider making a report to St. Olaf and/or police report. SARN advocates can facilitate and support you through this process.