What to Do If You Experience Sexual Misconduct

There are many resources on campus and in the community to help individuals who believe they have been sexually assaulted. Start somewhere--it doesn't matter where. You choose; but if there is physical or emotional trauma, the first stop should be either Student HealthUniversity Counseling Center, or Project Horizon.

Where Do I Begin?

Individuals who experience sexual misconduct should consider the following immediate actions:

Seek medical evaluation/treatment

Medical care can help in the following ways:

  • Treat any injuries;
  • Screen for and treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs);
  • Provide emergency contraception;
  • Collect evidence. A Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK) can be completed to collect and preserve evidence. There is no cost to you and no obligation to file a police report.
Student Health Center: 540-458-8401, lower level of Davis Residence Hall

The SHC, open 24/7 with a Registered Nurse on duty, can help with the following services:

  • Emergency contraception (nurses and medical providers)
  • Contact Project Horizon to provide immediate support and transportation to Augusta Health Emergency Department for a PERK (nurses and medical providers)
  • Connect you with a University counselor for follow up care (nurses and medical providers)
  • Provide a safe place to stay (nurses and medical providers)
  • Screen for and treat STIs (medical providers only)

The SHC cannot provide the following:

  • Conduct an exam as to whether a sexual assault occurred
  • Test for whether "date rape drugs" are present
  • Collect PERK
Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital: 540-458-3300, 1 Health Cir, Lexington, VA

Stonewall Jackson Hospital can help with the following services:

  • Evaluate/treat for injuries, pregnancy prevention, or STI screening and treatment
  • Contact Project Horizon to provide immediate support and facilitate transportation to Augusta Health Emergency Department for PERK

Stonewall Jackson Hospital cannot provide the following:

  • Conduct an exam as to whether a sexual assault occurred
  • Test for whether "date rape drugs" are present
  • Collect PERK
Augusta Health: 540-3324423, 78 Medical Center Dr., Fishersville, VA

Augusta health can provide medical services such as evaluating/treating injuries, pregnancy prevention or STI screening and treatment. In addition, the Emergency Department at Augusta Health can collect a Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK). Project Horizon can provide transportation and stay to provide support and advocacy during a PERK.

Contact a trained, confidential professional for support

There are several resources available to provide confidential support, both on campus and in the community. Trained professionals can provide confidential counseling, information, and support. These confidential resources will not share information with the Title IX Coordinator or any other employee of the University without the individual's express permission.

  • W&L Counseling Center: 540-458-8590
    Early-Fielding Building, 204 W. Washington St.
    A counselor is on call 24/7
  • Project Horizon: 540-463-2594
    120 Varner Lane, Lexington, VA 24450
    Counselors, legal advocates, and 24 hour crisis hotline
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): 800-992-1931

Contact Law Enforcement

Assistance is available from University Public Safety and local law enforcement 24 hours a day, year-round. W&L Public Safety will escort any Washington and Lee community member to a safe place, provide transportation to the hospital, and assist in coordination with local law enforcement, including filing a crime report or seeking a protective order.

  • W&L Public Safety: 540-458-8999
  • Lexington Police Dept: 540-462-3705
  • Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office: 540-463-7328

Contact parents, relatives or close friends for support

Preserve Evidence

Even if you are unsure about whether or not to pursue criminal charges, consider preserving any evidence.

Explore Your Options

Washington and Lee recognizes that deciding whether to make a report and choosing how to proceed can be difficult decisions. Washington and Lee encourages any individual who has questions or concerns to seek the support of campus and community resources. 

University Counselor or Project Horizon can assist you to determine what's best for you and be with you throughout the decision making process, with the goal of helping you to regain control and make decisions you are comfortable with.

You have both confidential resources and reporting resources.

The Time Period After A Sexual Assault Can Be Very Confusing:

  • You do not have to deal with this alone.
  • There are no right or wrong answers.
  • Remember: it is not your fault.
  • As soon as you have a quiet moment where you feel safe, try to write down everything that you remember happening, with as much detail as possible. This will help in the healing process, identifying the assailant, and in any legal action that may be taken. Consider preserving any evidence, including text messages.
  • All decisions about how to proceed belong to you--you have many resources to help you.
  • For additional, online information, review "Recovering from Rape and Sexual Trauma: Tips for Healing"