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Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault. Learn the steps for reporting, supporting and protecting yourself and others.

We support the choices survivors make — whether or not to report, and to whom to report — and recognize that these choices are particularly difficult in some cases. If you are unsure whether or not you'd like to file a formal report, you can meet with a private Title IX Specialist to discuss your reporting options first. If you wish to speak to someone anonymously, please call or text the Title IX On-Call Line at (304) 906-9930. Someone is available to take your call, twenty-four hours a day.

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted (or if you have witnessed a potential assault), get to a safe place immediately and call 911 as soon as you can to report what happened. The sooner a sexual assault is reported, the easier it is to collect valuable evidence and begin support services.

The victim should:

  1. Not bathe, douche or brush teeth (this will allow law-enforcement and medical professionals to collect evidence). And do not wash clothing (put it in a disposable bag and bring it to the emergency room).
  2. Go to an emergency room and get a medical exam. If you feel you may have been drugged prior to the assault, it is important to save your first urine in a clean container. Take it with you to the hospital for drug testing.
    Directions to J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital Emergency Room
    Directions to Mon Health Medical Center Emergency Room
  3. Tell someone — a trusted friend, parent or relative. Call someone you can talk to, no matter how late it is. You can always find and talk to a Resident Assistant, Resident Director or any member of the Student Affairs Staff.
  4. Call the local rape and domestic violence center at 304-292-5100. An advocate is trained to help victims know their medical and legal options and provide emotional support. For a 24-hour hotline call 1-888-825-7835.
  5. Report the assault to University Police or a University official, whether or not the victim plans to file charges. Reporting a rape does NOT commit you to filing charges. Victims can make that decision later. But the sooner the assault is reported, the better. Sexual assault is a crime and we encourage reporting.

Victims and/or witnesses are strongly encouraged to report the assault to the WVU Title IX Coordinator:

James Goins
Director of Equity Assurance and Title IX Coordinator
WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
P.O. Box 6202
1085 Van Voorhis Road
Morgantown, WV 26506
Phone: 304-293-5600
Email: james.goins@mail.wvu.edu

Preventing Sexual Assault

We know preventing assault begins and ends with the offender. The victim is never be responsible. However, establishing boundaries and being aware of your surroundings can help you stay safe.

  • Know your limits and communicate them clearly and firmly to your partner. Decide what you are willing to do sexually. Never assume that others know how you feel.
  • Recognize people who are disrespectful to you. This includes someone who tries to make you feel guilty for saying “no,” doesn’t respect your limits, tries to get you drunk or tries to give you drugs.
  • Trust your feelings. Leave if you feel uncomfortable.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and avoid secluded places, especially with someone you don’t know well.
  • Download the LiveSafe app, which enables direct and discreet two-way communication with University Police using text, photo, video and audio. It also lets you virtually walk your friends and family home with SafeWalk.
  • Submit a complaint to the Title IX Office anytime you believe a violation has occurred (students, faculty and staff can submit).

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992 Elmer Prince Drive
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390 Birch Street
Morgantown, WV 26506
304-293-4431
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You can help WVU provide a safe environment by reporting student concerns, student conduct violations, sexual misconduct or other potential threats to campus safety.