What To Do If You Experience Sexual Misconduct

If an act of sexual misconduct occurs, you are likely to have many concerns, including physical health and safety, emotional and mental well-being, medical issues such as sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, and, for some, interpersonal relationships. Another common concern may be understanding the disciplinary or legal options for responding to the act.

With respect to your response, it is most important to do what is right for you. There is no right or wrong way to respond to an act of sexual misconduct. Friends, loved ones, and family members often have strong feelings about what you should do. Each person needs to make the decision that are best for himself/herself.

Students who experience an incident of sexual misconduct should consider the following immediate actions:

  • Contact law enforcement
  • Seek medical attention
  • The medical exam has two goals: first, to treat the full extent of any injury or physical trauma and to consider the possibilities of sexually transmitted disease or pregnancy and, second, to properly preserve evidence in case you decide to prosecute.
  • IMPORTANT: Do not bathe, douche, brush your teeth, drink or change your clothing, as you may be destroying evidence you will need if you decide to prosecute.
  • Contact a trained, experienced counselor
  • Contact parents, relatives or close friends for support

Emergency Assistance

Saint Mary’s Department of Public Safety is available 24 hours/day and will assist you in obtaining medical treatment, counseling support, and police services.

Emergency Response

  • Saint Mary’s College Department of Public Safety
  • Moraga Police Department
  • If you dial 911 for an emergency, only use a landline for a response locally

Health and Safety

  • Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center in Martinez (provides a rape kit/SART Exam): You should not go to the hospital for a rape kit unless you've first spoken with law enforcement officials so that a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner can be contacted.
  • Saint Mary’s College Health and Wellness Center