• Sexual Violence

  • Definition of Rape

    Rape is forced sexual intercourse (oral, vaginal, or rectal). It includes psychological coercion and/or physical force. Both women and men of any age can become victims of rape.

    If You Have Been Raped

    If you are located in St. Paul, you are encouraged to go to Regions Hospital Emergency Department (ED) as soon as possible after the assault. Regions Hospital (651-254-3306) is located at 640 Jackson in St. Paul. Information about the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.) program can be found at 651-254-1611.

    You may go to the Regions ED by yourself or with a friend. You may also call your area Police Department (St. Paul) at 651-291-1111 or 911 for protection and transportation to the hospital.

    • If possible, DO NOT change clothes, bathe, shower, brush your teeth or go to the bathroom before going to the ED.

    • If you must change your clothes, bring clothing worn during the assault with you, preferably placing each item in a separate bag. Also bring any tampon or pad worn.

    • If you must urinate, void small amount of urine into a cup, and bring it with you. DO NOT wipe after urinating.

    You will be met at Regions ED by an Sexual Offense Services counselor (S.O.S.) and a specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.). The S.O.S. counselor will provide emotional support and confidential counseling. The S.A.N.E. nurse will provide sensitive and expert medical care.

    • Before your counseling and medical care begins, your options will be completely explained, and you may agree to or refuse any options discussed. All care provided is confidential.

    • You will be asked to sign a consent form for the care to be provided.

    • With the occasional exception of a few preventative medications, there is no charge for care related to sexual assault at Regions Hospital ED.

    • Regions ED is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    If you are located in Minneapolis, you are encouraged to follow the recommendations above, and to contact the Sexual Assault Resource Service (SARS) of Hennepin County Medical Center at 612-873-5832.

    Additional Recourses for Immediate Assistance

    Sexual Offense Services 651-643-3006
    24-hour crisis counseling and referral

    Rape and Sexual Abuse Center
    24-hour crisis help line

    National Sexual Assault Hotline
    1-800-656-4673 or 1-800-656-HOPE

    St. Paul Police Department

    Hamline Security/Escort Service

    Hamline Hall Directors
    Drew/Sorin: 651-523-2087
    Manor/Heights: 651-523-2422
    Apartments: 651-523-2515

    Battered Women's Crisis Line
    24-hour Metro Shelter Information

    Resources for Ongoing Support

    Associate Dean of Students/Judicial Officer

    Assistant Dean of Students, Law School

    Counseling & Health Services

    Religious and Spiritual Life Office

    Residential Life

    Definition of Sexual Assault

    Sexual Assault includes any unwanted sexual contact between a victim and an offender. This contact may or may not include force. Examples are verbal threats, grabbing and fondling. Both women and men, of any age, can become victims of sexual assault.

    An act of sexual assault may be committed by a stranger or an acquaintance. In either case, we encourage you to take immediate action. This was not your fault. Your first thought should be to take care of yourself.

    If You Think You Have Been the Victim of a Sexual Assault

    Tell someone you trust, such as a friend, a faculty person, your hall director or RA, a family member or counselor. They can provide support and accompany you to other services.

    Seek immediate medical attention. If necessary, medical personnel can confidentially screen for injury and evidence. These exams are completely confidential and their results are not given to the police unless you give permission.

    Immediate emotional support and/or ongoing professional counseling is helpful in dealing with the effects of your traumatic experience. This is also true for friends of someone who has experienced an assault.

    How to Report a Sexual Assault

    Sexual assault is a crime. Your safety and protection are important. Call the police 651-291-1111 (St. Paul), 911 or Hamline Security 651-523-2100 for protection and to report the assault.

    You may file charges both through the Hamline University disciplinary process and through the State court system. To get information about the campus judicial process, contact the Associate Dean of Students 651-523-2421.

    Information about Hamline's sexual violence policy is available.

    Sexual violence is a devastating event in any life. If you think you have been sexually assaulted or raped, you will find compassionate and knowledgeable support and help from the counseling and nursing staff at Hamline University's Counseling and Health Services office, located in Manor, Room 16.

    Victim's Rights

    Hamline University encourages individuals who believe they have been sexually assaulted to pursue criminal action against the alleged perpetrator of the sexual assault. An individual may pursue criminal action and an internal campus complaint concurrently. Retaliation against an individual who brings a complaint or participates in an investigation of sexual assault or pursues legal action is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Victims of sexual violence have these rights:

    • To file criminal charges with local law enforcement officials;

    • To receive the prompt assistance of Hamline authorities upon request of the victim in notifying appropriate law enforcement;

    • To an investigation and resolution of a sexual violence complaint by Hamline disciplinary or judicial authorities;

    • To participate in and to have an attorney or other support person at any Hamline disciplinary proceeding concerning a sexual violence complaint;

    • To be promptly notified of the outcome of a Hamline disciplinary proceeding (subject to the limitations of state and federal laws relating to data privacy practices);

    • To the assistance of Hamline authorities, at the direction of law enforcement authorities, in obtaining, securing and maintaining evidence in connection with a sexual assault incident;

    • To the assistance of Hamline authorities in preserving complaint or victim materials relevant to a Hamline disciplinary proceeding;

    • To the assistance of Hamline authorities in cooperating with the appropriate law enforcement authorities and, at the victim's request, in shielding the victim from unwanted contact with the alleged assailant, including transfer of the victim to alternative classes or to alternative university-owned housing (if alternative classes or houses are available and feasible); and

    • To seek assistance from the Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board and the Minnesota Crime Victims Ombudsman.

    You may file charges both through the Hamline University disciplinary process and through the State court system. To get information about the campus judicial process, contact the Dean of Students 651-523-2421.

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