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Campus Resource Team (CaRT)
Last updated: August 15, 2014
What can you do if an incident happens?
After any incident, you may feel confused, fearful, guilty, ashamed, or isolated. It's important to talk with someone about these feelings. Western has a Campus Resource Team (CaRT) who are professional staff members trained and prepared to help. The University will be particularly sensitive to meeting the needs of each individual.
Find a safe place and call someone you trust
The police will help
you whether or not
you choose to
assailant. For an
incident on campus,
call the WCSU Police
incident, you may
call WCSU Police or
the local police
797-4611) or 911.
Call the Women's Center 24-Hour Hotlines:
● Sexual Assault: 203-731-5204
● Domestic Violence: 203-731-5206
● Call a friend, family member, someone whom you trust, or contact a member of CaRT to help you
through this process.
Get medical attention if needed
It is important that you seek medical attention immediately to assess and treat physical injuries you may have sustained, and other health related risks.
Try to preserve all physical evidence of the assault
If a sexual assault
has occurred, some
should be collected
within 24 to 72
hours following the
● Do not drink, bathe, douche, brush your teeth, change your clothes, or comb your hair. It's only natural
to want to do these things, but you may be destroying evidence that could be helpful in an investigation.
In the course of your medical examination, this evidence will be collected by a specially trained nurse.
If changing clothes is necessary, clothing worn during the assault should be placed in a paper bag.
● Later Medical Evaluation: While immediate medical attention is preferred, delayed medical evaluation is
Seek emotional care
After any such incident, it may be beneficial to seek professional counseling in order to explore and address the impact of such an occurrence on your life. Two resources are the Counseling Center and the Women's Center on campus.
free and confidential
students. The center
is staffed with
trained to provide
counseling to those
who have experienced
can also provide
referrals to other
local agencies. To
make an appointment,
The Women's Center operates two 24-hour confidential hotlines (203-731-5204) for those who have experienced sexual assault and (203-731-5206) for those who have experienced intimate partner violence. The Women's Center has an office on the WCSU campus in Higgins Hall Annex 105-C for counseling (203-837-3939). Crisis intervention and advocacy is available; this would include accompanying a victim to police, hospital, and judicial proceedings. All services are free and confidential.