Learn what to do if you've experienced sexual assault.
Call a trusted friend, family member, and/or rape crisis hotline. The following rape crisis centers are available to help you:
*All communications with users of CARE services are privileged and confidential under California Evidence Code Sections 1010-1027, 1035.2 and 1037.2. Accordingly, employees in the CARE Office are not mandatory reporters under Title IX or the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
You have the right to request a sexual assault forensic exam without reporting to the police.
Consider requesting a Non-Investigative Report (open the drawer below this one to learn more).
Contact CARE at (858) 534-5793 for more information.
A sexual assault victim has the option to have a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) (commonly referred to as "rape exam") without filing a police report. This is referred to as a Non Investigative Report (NIR).
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) interviews the victim, collects any physical evidence from the sexual assault, and stores evidence in a secure location using a case number without victim’s name or contact information. Physical evidence will be held for a period of 18 months, then it will be destroyed. The NIR will not trigger an investigation; therefore, no action will be taken against the alleged party as the result of this report. If the victim changes his/her mind and wants to make an investigative report to law enforcement, the victim will sign a release allowing the SANE to release evidence to the police. SARC staff is available to assist students with this process
Student Health Services and Thornton Hospital DO NOT conduct SAFE/NIR Exams. Only one facility in San Diego County, operated by Independent Forensic Services, performs the SAFE/NIR exams.
Any residents of San Diego County who wish to utilize the NIR option can contact the Center for Community Solutions 24-hour hotline (888) 385-4657.
To preserve evidence of the rape:
*If you already cleaned up from the assault, you can still request a non-investigative report.
It is your choice to report the rape. For the quickest response, call 911 to be connected to the nearest police department.
It is your right to have a friend, family member, or sexual assault advocate present with you while talking with the police. You also have the right to have a sexual assault counselor and a support person of your choice present with you during the rape exam.
If you don't know what to do, you can contact the UCSD CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center or the Center for Community Solutions (CCS) and speak confidentially and anonymously with an advocate who can explain more about your options and rights.
Health providers can examine and treat physical injuries and test for sexual transmitted diseases (STDs) or pregnancy.
*Student Health Services and Thornton Hospital DO NOT provide Sexual Assault Forensic Exams.
Look into the following confidential services to see what is right for you: