Experiencing sexual misconduct is a difficult experience and here are resources that may help. We want you to feel comfortable reaching out for assistance. The University community is here to support.
The Office of the Ombuds is a confidential, impartial, independent, and informal resource for students who have encountered university-related issues and concerns.
BayCare Student Assistant Program
BayCare is a free self-referral and confidential services available to students, to help with personal and professional problems that interfere with the successful management of the educational process. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone or online.
Peace River Center – Victim Services:
24-Hour Domestic Violence Crisis Line 863-413-2700
24-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line 863-413-2707
Seek medical attention, as soon as possible even if you do not think you will report the assault.
If you are interested in potentially reporting to law enforcement here are items to take into consideration.
Examples of items that may serve as evidence include:
The SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Exam) is free and anonymous. The exam is focused on evidence collection. Evidence can be collected up to 120 hours after the assault occurred, but the sooner it is done the more likely that useful evidence can be recovered. Prior to a SAFE:
SAFE's are available at Lakeland Regional Hospital and Peace River Center. Peace River Center is an alternate option to a hospital room. These exams are conducted at various locations. You can reach the center at 863-413-2707.
Individuals who experience trauma have unique responses and there is no one “right” way for a person to react. An individual may respond to trauma differently for each situation. Some common responses to trauma are to flight, fight, or freeze. Most of the time, it is not the individuals choose to how their body reacts and go into survival mode.
Some of the signs you may see from someone who has experienced trauma could include: