Please note that this page contains two key resources:
- What to do if you have been sexually assaulted;
- What Campus Security Authorities are required to do.
- Go to a safe location
- If you want to file a crime report, notify the USC Department of Public Safety (213-740-4321/ 24 hrs) and/or the Los Angeles Police Department (911 or 213-485-2582/ 24 hrs).
- If the assailant is a USC student, you can also make an official report to USC Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards (213-821-7373).
- Preserve all physical evidence of the assault, even if you are unsure whether you want to report the crime. Do not shower, bathe, douche, eat, drink, wash your hands or brush your teeth until after you have had a medical examination. Save all clothing that you were wearing at the time of the assault and bring them and any other potential evidence to the medical exam. Place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag. Do not use plastic bags. Do not clean or disturb the area where the assault occurred.
- Call a trusted friend, family member or someone else who can provide support.
- Get medical care as soon as possible. Go to a hospital or emergency department or a specialized forensic clinic that works with sexual assault survivors. Here are a couple of options in Los Angeles; the Rape Treatment Center (310-319-4000/ 24 hrs) or the Violence Intervention Program (323-226-3961/ 24 hrs). Both locations provide medical care and the collection of forensic evidence. You may also request medications for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (including HIV) and emergency contraception. If more than 1 week has passed since the assault or if you are certain that you do not want the collection of forensic evidence, the USC Student Health Center provides medical care (including emergency contraception) and testing for sexually transmitted infections as appropriate (213-740-9355).
- If you think you may have been given a rape drug, request that the hospital or clinic take a urine and blood sample. These samples need to be collected quickly as these kinds of drugs leave the system quickly.
- Talk to a counselor for emotional support and advocacy. You can speak with a counselor on campus confidentially at the USC Center for Women and Men (213-740-4900/ 24 hrs). If you would prefer to seek confidential counseling off campus, call the Rape Treatment Center (310-319-4000/ 24 hrs) or Peace Over Violence (213-626-3393/ 24 hrs). The USC Center for Women & Men and the Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center serve both female and male victims.
Campus Security Authority Incident Report Form
(Formerly Known as the Anonymous Reporting Form)
This form is intended for anonymous reporting of a sexual assault in situations where the victim/survivor is not ready to file a crime report. It will be used for statistical purposes, enabling USC to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. This law requires all higher-education institutions to collect crime reports from what Clery considers to be "Campus Security Authorities."
When a Campus Security Authority receives information about a sexual assault or other crime that falls under the purview of the Clery Act, he or she should document by completing and submitting the Campus Security Authority Incident Report Form.
The Center for Women & Men supports a survivor’s right to choose whether to file a criminal report, which is different than a Campus Security Authority Incident Report. A criminal report is an official report made with the intent to prosecute. The Campus Security Authority Incident Report Form is used to compile statistical crime information that is made public annually. A Campus Security Authority should not try and convince a survivor to file a criminal report if the survivor chooses not to do so. However, the Campus Security Authority must complete the incident report form.
Please note: Effective Oct. 1, 2013, the staff of the Center for Women & Men no longer will be designated as Campus Security Authorities. Therefore, referring a victim to the Center for Women & Men does not satisfy the requirement of submitting an incident report form. In addition to referring the victim (if known) to the Center for Women & Men, the CSA also must submit the Incident Report Form to DPS, attention Dan Wallace, records manager.
Please fill out the form to the best of your knowledge, and leave blank any sections for which you do not know the answer. Submit this information within 24 hours of being contacted by a victim. To reach the form, click here. Thank you.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact:
Center for Women & Men (a confidential resource)
University Park Campus
Student Union Suite 202
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0890
Department of Public Safety (not a confidential resource)
|University Park Campus||Health Sciences Campus|
|3667 McClintock Ave||2001 Soto Street|
|Los Angeles, CA 90089-1912||Los Angeles, CA 90032|
|Emergency (213) 740-4321||Emergency (323) 442-1000|
|Non-Emergency (213) 740-6000||Non-Emergency (323) 442-1200|