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Experiencing sexual or relationship violence can be an overwhelming and isolating experience. Sexual assault and relationship violence are traumatic experiences that can interrupt your life at home, work and school. It can sometimes affect your relationships with friends and family. 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.
At Saint Louis University, we are here to support and encourage you regardless of where you are in your process. Whether your experience is long past or a recent event, we are here to 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;
- Make an official report;
- Receive medical attention;
- Pursue housing and safety options; and/or
- Ongoing therapy with a qualified, sensitive, and professional counselor.
When it comes to counseling, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, we strive to respect where you are and what you are ready to do. Honoring your process 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. These can include: fear, guilt, shame, nightmares, flashbacks and others.
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, please call 314-977-7192.
The priority response to any report of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, is to address the safety of the victim and/or person reporting the incident (the Reporting Party). SLU-Madrid will help the Reporting Party get to a safe place and assist the Reporting Party in seeking immediate medical treatment and to preserve evidence. If you are a victim of sexual misconduct, contact the 24-hour Counseling Emergency number (609 269 323) or Spain's national police number (112).
Click here for SLU-Madrid's Sexual Misconduct Policy.