Sexual assault or intimate partner violence can be overwhelming, isolating and traumatic. At Saint Louis University, we are here to support as you cope and recover.
Many victims try to cope and manage their feelings on their own, which is a common response to dealing with such a painful and frightening experience. Whether your experience is long past or a recent event, SLU-Madrid can provide help, support and resources. We also value and protect your confidentiality throughout the process.
What Should I Do?
You have several options to consider as you move forward. You can choose to do any one — or none — of the following:
- Have a confidential consultation with a caring professional
- File an official police report
- Receive medical attention
- Pursue housing and safety options
- Ongoing therapy with a qualified professional counselor
When it comes to counseling, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, we strive to respect where you are in the process and what you are ready to do. Respecting your boundaries is of the utmost importance to us. When you are ready, we are here. While counseling can be scary, it can be helpful in relieving symptoms commonly associated with traumatic experiences, such as feelings of fear, guilt and shame, nightmares and flashbacks.
The information provided here is to help you better understand sexual and relationship violence, as well as to know what your options are. If you have questions or would like to speak confidentially with a counselor, call (+34) 609 269 323.
The priority response to any report of sexual misbehavior, including sexual assault, is to address the safety of the victim or person reporting the incident (i.e. the reporting party). SLU-Madrid will help the reporting party get to a safe place and assist them in seeking immediate medical treatment and to preserve evidence.