I Need Help. What Do I Do?

If in immediate danger, call 911.

For immediate 24/7 assistance related to sex assault, call: Sex Abuse Treatment Center — 808-524-7273

Trained SATC counselors provide confidential support information and advocacy on the phone.

It is completely normal if you’re not sure if you want to report an incident of sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking, and you have the right to receive information about your options so that you can make an informed decision. You also have the right not to report the incident to the College or to the police if you do not want the incident to be investigated. You can speak to Kapi‘olani CC’s confidential resources to discuss options and resources.

Here are some important things for you to know, especially when you are not sure what to do:

It was NOT your fault

People often blame themselves for not getting out of a situation. Know that what happened was not your fault, and you did nothing to deserve or “cause” another person to hurt you.

Asking for help is not a weakness

Help is available for you on campus and within the community. Do not be afraid to ask for it, whether the incident happened today, last week, or last year.

You may want to report the attack to the police or the College

This decision is up to you. If you would like to report an incident of sexual violence or sexual assault, please use our Student of Concern Reporting Form.

In the immediate aftermath of an assault, you should try to preserve all evidence of the attack:

  • Do not bathe, wash your hands or clothes, brush your teeth, eat or smoke.
  • If you change your clothes, put them in a paper bag and bring them with you to your medical exam.
  • If you are still in the location where the attack occurred, do not clean or straighten up or remove anything.
  • If you suspect you were a victim of a rape drug, medical care for testing and collecting evidence as soon as possible is important. These drugs leave your system very quickly.
  • Consider writing down all the details you can recall about the attack and the person who hurt you.

While you may not know if you want to report the attack today, taking these steps will help preserve important evidence if you do ultimately decide to report the attack to the police or College officials. No matter what, be sure to take advantage of support options on and/or off campus.

Take time to take care of yourself

It is common to feel traumatized, both physically and emotionally. For your safety and peace of mind, consider seeking medical intervention even if you do not believe you want to report the attack. Consider making an appointment with Kapi‘olani CC’s licensed mental health counselor, Dr. Lori Ferreira (808-734-9585), especially if you are having difficulty sleeping, eating, feeling anxious or would simply like to speak with someone in a confidential setting.

You can call the Sex Abuse Treatment Center (808-524-7273), a 24-hour hotline. They can offer you the support, care, and advocacy you may need right now. They can also send a counselor to meet you at Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children. There, you will receive special treatment from one of their doctors. All of their services are free and confidential.

You can go to Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children (808-983-6000) emergency room at 1319 Punahou Street. This hospital provides medical care for sexual assault victims, and not all hospitals provide the specialized forensic care you’ll need. A medical examination is important because it can protect you from possible injuries, STDs and pregnancy resulting from the assault.

Do things at your own pace and in your own time

There is no “right” way to respond to an incident of sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking, and you should surround yourself with people who support and honor your choices.

Talk with a counselor who is trained to assist victims about the emotional and physical impacts of the assault. For therapeutic services, you can reach Kapi’olani CC’s licensed mental health counselor, Dr. Lori Ferreira (808-734-9585).

To get information about legal issues you can contact the Sex Abuse Treatment Center (808-524-7273) or the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (1-800-656-HOPE).

For community resources, visit our Resources page.

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