If you have experienced a recent sexual assault:
Call someone for support
Please call someone who can provide you with immediate support and help get you out of direct harm and danger. This might be a trusted friend, an RA, Campus Security, or the police. You can also:
Call the SOS Sexual Violence Services of Ramsey County 24-hour confidential crisis hotline at 651-266-1000.
A trained advocate can talk you though your options, accompany you to the hospital if you’d like, and provide information, support, and advocacy during the sexual assault exam, evidence collection process, and process of reporting to police (if you choose to do this; this is your choice).
Call On-Call Residential Life Staff at 651-696-6215.
The 24/7 on-call Residential Life staff member can support you as you decide what you’d like to do, and can connect you to appropriate resources including medical attention, counseling, safe housing, etc.
Call Campus Security at 651-696-6555.
Campus Security is available as a first option to report a crime, and can arrange for the support and assistance you need, either on- or off-campus.
Seek medical attention
Both your physical and emotional well-being are important. You could have an internal injury, a sexually transmitted disease, or become pregnant. A medical exam could also provide important evidence for prosecution. If you go to a hospital for evidence collection and medical attention, law enforcement officers are able to take your statement at the hospital, if you choose to file a report with the police (this is your choice).
If you are considering reporting your assault to law enforcement, it is best to get a forensic exam as soon as possible after the assault. Best forensic results are collected within 5 days (120 hours) of the assault, but Ramsey County will now conduct forensic exams for up to 10 days (240 hours) after the assault. Even if you miss this window of time, you are still encouraged to seek medical care.
If you suspect you have experienced a drug-facilitated sexual assault or were given what’s commonly called a “date rape drug,” you are encouraged to go to the hospital immediately. These drugs can harm you and any evidence of the drug leaves the body quickly.
You can always bring a support person (friend, family member, etc.) with you to the hospital for your sexual assault exam. A trained Ramsey County survivor advocate will also be present during any exam in Ramsey County to answer questions, provide information and resources, and to offer support. You do not need to accept this service, but will always be given the option.
The Macalester College Hamre Center for Health and Wellness is not equipped to provide sexual assault exams or to collect evidence. The nearest hospital that can provide this 24-hour service is Regions Hospital.
640 Jackson Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
View information and FAQs about the sexual assault exam.
Don’t bathe, shower, douche, or change clothes
Bathing, showering, douching, or changing or washing your clothes may remove forensic evidence. If you can, bring the clothes you were wearing at the time of the assault along with you to the hospital (in a plastic bag or a pillowcase) for evidence collection. If you do bathe, shower, douche, or change clothes, a hospital will still provide a forensic evidence exam and may still be able to collect evidence.
Make a report
Making a report is not the same as pressing charges or deciding to go through campus disciplinary proceedings. You can make a report with the Macalester College Office of Title IX & Equity or the police even if you are unsure if you want to move forward with any formal process. The decision is completely up to you and can be decided at a later time. A member of the campus Sexual Assault & Harassment Support Team (SAST) can assist you in preparing or making a report.