Advocates from Voices Against Violence are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to help survivors with any and all needs including seeking medical attention, reporting an assault and seeking emotional support. Voices Against Violence is our primary resource and we seek to connect survivors with an advocate as soon as possible. Contact Voices Against Violence at (603) 536-1659 for assistance. Information about their services can be found at voicesagainstviolence.net
This path focuses on physical healing. If an assault has occurred, you can visit these resources for immediate medical attention.
Take care of your immediate personal safety
Call 911 if you are in immediate danger
The first thing to do is to get to a safe place. Contact a friend, family member, a residential life staff member, University Police, or the Dean of Students office to ensure your safety. This does not mean that you have to “report” the details of the incident unless you choose to. This is about your being safe.
Your health and safety are a primary concern of the university. It is extremely important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible, preferably within 72 hours, because depending on the nature of the assault you might be injured internally as well as externally. Prompt medical examinations can test for pregnancy, STDs, HIV, and venereal disease. A medical examination can also secure valuable evidence that could be used later if you wish to have the assailant prosecuted. The choice to report and prosecute is yours, but physical evidence is difficult to collect unless you seek medical attention promptly. Sometimes your initial instincts to drink, bathe, brush your teeth, comb your hair, even change your clothes, while natural, will eliminate evidence.
A Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Kit, provided by the NH Attorney General’s Office, may be requested at no charge. You do not need to provide proof of insurance to request the kit. The Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Kit collects evidence that could be helpful if you decide to report the assault to the police within the following 60 days. Kits can be completed in any NH Emergency Department without charge to the victim, even if the victim chooses not to proceed legally.
If you are thinking about completing a kit, note that you may choose to complete the kit anonymously. The kit will be referenced with an identification number and stored by the State for 3 months. At any time during this period, the victim can report the crime and the kit will be brought forward to the NH Crime Lab for analysis
Contact Voices Against Violence
Once your safety is assured, the university recommends that you contact Voices Against Violence. (Voices is a non-profit, fully confidential organization that Plymouth State partners with that provides information and support to victims of sexual violence and harassment, stalking, and relationship violence) An advocate from Voices Against Violence (VAV – Hotline (877) 221-6176 is available 24 hours a day through the hotline number listed above and can support and guide victims with all their needs, especially important during those moments immediately following a sexual assault. In addition, a Voices advocate can assist students who have been the victim of sexual assault in any of the areas below:
- Emergency rape crisis treatment and emergency medical services, as well as the coordination of accompanying the victim to the hospital, police, etc. as requested.
- Guide and support victims throughout the university conduct process and/or the criminal justice process, should the victim choose to pursue any of these courses of action.