Immediate Help

Something Happened to me; I Need Help

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

There are multiple community and university resources available to those who have experienced sexual assault and other sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence or stalking. Your safety and well-being are of the utmost importance. This page is designed to answer your questions about your options and rights.

If you have experienced sexual misconduct, go to a safe location and seek medical attention as soon as possible.

If you do not feel safe:

  • Call Campus Safety – 740-587-6777

    • Can provide and assist with immediate safety and protective measures, such as housing relocation, medical assistance, physical well-being, and access to law enforcement.
    • Non-confidential resource; Required to report to Title IX Office. More information on non-confidential/confidential resources can be found in the “Who can I talk to?” section of the website
  • Call the police – 911

  • General support information – 211

    • Free and confidential service that helps people find local resources for crisis situations. Available 24/7
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 800-273-8255

    • If you are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, please call this number immediately. This resource is confidential.

Medical attention will help your immediate physical health and may prevent further damage to your health. Options for seeking immediate medical assistance:

  • Whisler Health Center at Denison University
    East Loop/ Chapel Drive
    • This resource is confidential. However, if you choose, Whisler staff can assist with connecting you with the Title IX Office and other reporting sources.
  • Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH)
    1320 W Main Street
    Newark, OH 43055
    • NOTE: LMH is required to notify the police that a sexual assault has occurred and the time, date and location of the incident. Names of involved parties and other information are not required. You may choose to speak with police, but you are not required to do so.
  • Emergency Medical and Ambulance Transport
    • NOTE: You can request emergency medical assistance and transport to the hospital without divulging the nature of the incident. The Licking County 911 Center is required to notify the police that a sexual assault has occurred if that information is provided by the caller.
  • Campus Safety at Denison University
    P1 Parking Garage
    Granville, OH 43023
    • NOTE: You can request medical transport to Whisler without divulging the nature of the incident. Campus Safety is required to notify the police that a sexual assault has occurred if that information is shared with them. Emergency medical calls will be transferred to 911.

Whistler Medical Staff are available to arrange Forensic Exams at Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) and to escort students to the hospital. There should be no charge for an exam. Even though you may not be ready to report the incident or the identity of your attacker, it is important to preserve physical evidence in case you choose to report at a later date. Should you decide to go to the hospital for the collection of evidence, do not wash or take a shower before going, do not change your clothes; and preserve condoms, sanitary items, or bed linens that were present at the assault in a paper bag. You don’t have to seek medical assistance alone. Having a family member or friend or advocate with you during the examination can help you feel more comfortable during the procedures and can assist in communicating with medical staff. Denison medical professionals are available to escort you to the hospital and through the forensic exam. Ask your medical professional to explain what he or she is doing before the examination so that you know what to expect. In order to provide the best care, it is important that the medical professional understands the situation (an advocate can help you communicate this information. You have the right to interrupt or refuse any medical procedure you do not wish to undergo. You can get treatment for your physical injuries and be tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV, and pregnancy (if female) at the hospital, Whisler Health Center or by your private doctor. Early detection of STDs is very important. Discuss any medical concerns you have with your doctor or counselor, but do not let concerns and fears prevent you from receiving the medical treatment you need and deserve.

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