Are you in need of help in regards to a sexually violent encounter? Resources are available to you.

Prevention is most important but if you are in need of assistance, we can help. If you need medical attention or emotional support, resources are available to you.

Medical Attention

After an incidence of sexual violence, it is important to ensure a victim’s emotional and physical health. If you have been a victim, move to a place you feel secure and comfortable. If you believe you or anyone else is in immediate danger, call 911 as soon as possible.

Once safe, you should contact someone you trust to be with you for support -- a friend, family member, or member of the staff or faculty.

The local hospitals provide medical assistance, testing for STDs, and preventative medication. They also will examine you for any injuries and do testing for pregnancy if that is a concern. Emergency room staff will assist you in evidence collection if you wish. Hospital staff will keep all information you share with them confidential.

If you would like to talk with an advocate prior to making a decision about medical attention, contact the Campus Violence Prevention Program at (573) 986-6899.

For Immediate Care

Resource Information

SoutheastHEALTH Hospital Emergency Room
1701 Lacey Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 334-4822 or (800) 800-5123

  • Provides comprehensive care for victims of sexual violence
  • Medical providers are confidential resources
  • Care is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
Saint Francis Medical Center Emergency and Trauma Center
211 Saint Francis Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
(573) 331-3000
  • Provides comprehensive care for victims of sexual violence
  • Medical providers are confidential resources
  • Care is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence (SEMO-NASV)
Beacon Health Center
73 North Sheridan
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
(573) 332-1900
  • Center assists victims through forensic interviews and examinations
  • Provide victim advocacy services, prevention education, counseling and case management
  • All services are confidential and sexual violence services are free
Safe House for Women
230 North Spring St.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 335-7745 Outreach Center Phone
(800) 341-1830 24-hours Crisis Hotline
  • Provide safe refuge to those affected by domestic abuse and violence
  • Provide support services to those affected by domestic abuse and violence
  • Provide training and education to increase awareness of and prevention of domestic violence for the community we serve
Campus Health Clinic
Crisp Hall 101
One University Plaza, MS 8050
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
(573) 651-2270
Fax: (573) 986-6030
  • Medical treatments are completely confidential
  • Care for Southeast students
  • Appointments are recommended and usually available same-day
  • Offers a variety of services including HIV/STI testing and Women's Health Services

Emotional Support

Sexual violence can have psychological, emotional, and physical effects on a survivor. These effects aren’t easy to deal with, but with the right help and support they can be managed. Learning more can help you find the best form of care to begin the healing process.

Resource Information
Center for Behavioral Health and Accessibility
Crisp Hall 201-202
One University Plaza, MS 2030
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
(573) 986-6191
  • Counselors are confidential resources
  • Offers individual and group therapy, education, and programing free to Southeast students
  • University Crisis Response Team available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence (SEMO-NASV)
Beacon Health Center
73 North Sheridan
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
(573) 332-1900
  • Center assists victims through forensic interviews
  • Provides victim advocacy services, prevention education, counseling, and case management
  • All services are confidential and sexual violence services are free
Campus Violence Prevention Program
Crisp Hall 201-202
One University Plaza, MS 2030
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
(573) 986-6899
  • Raises awareness and promotes the primary prevention of interpersonal and sexual violence to create a safe campus environment
  • Informs students and employees of their rights regarding reporting incidents of violence
  • Ensures access to counseling, victim advocacy, legal assistance, and other support services

Evidence Collection

Once a survivor arrives at an emergency medical facility, professionals certified in evidence collection perform a forensic exam or SAFE Kit (Sexual Assault Forensic Exam). The SAFE exam will sometimes not be done until the police have been called; however, calling the police or even talking with them while participating in the collection of evidence does not mean that the survivor is required to follow through on prosecution or file a formal report.

A survivor is required to sign a consent form before an exam can be performed. The evidence gathered during the forensic examination can be signed over to the police investigators and taken to the state police laboratory for analysis, or it can be held while the survivor decides if they want to pursue a criminal investigation.

If you wish to complete an evidence collection kit (“SAFE Kit”), you can do so at the local hospitals. An advocate from the Campus Violence Prevention Program (CVPP) can assist you in setting up an appointment time and explain the process to you. If you wish to report the sexual assault to the police, officers will also assist you in obtaining an exam. You can still have an exam performed, even if you do not wish to report to the police.

For evidence collection, it is best if you do not:

  • Shower
  • Brush your teeth
  • Urinate
  • Eat or drink
  • Change clothes

However, the exam can be performed even if you have done some of the things listed above.

About the Exam

  • The examination is similar to a general OB/GYN exam and begins with taking information about what happened.
  • The exam is generally completed by a specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). The overall purpose for the exam is to make sure the patient is not injured and to gather evidence from the survivor’s body. Whether the survivor is male or female, the exam includes specimens gathered from the part of the body that was assaulted including internal and external genital areas. Additionally, samples are usually obtained from fingernails, hair, and mouth.
  • Survivors must sign a consent form before an exam can be done. All survivors have a right to have the examination explained prior to giving consent. Also, survivors have the right to refuse any part of the examination.
  • There is no fee for this examination although some hospitals/centers may charge for lab work, radiology services, etc.
  • All survivors have the right to have an advocate present during the entire exam and hospital visit. An advocate from the Campus Violence Prevention Program or counselor from Center for Behavioral Health and Accessibility is available to accompany all survivors.
  • The examining doctor or nurse will need to ask questions about the assault in order to make decisions about the type of examination necessary. Survivors may need to answer questions that are uncomfortable regarding the types of sexual acts involved. These questions may sound intrusive but are asked in a non-judgmental manner.
  • Survivors will be examined externally to check for any signs of injury and contact. All signs of injury will be documented.
  • Photographs may be taken to document any visible trauma to the body.
  • Clothing worn by the survivor is also taken for analysis, although this does not usually include coats and shoes. When possible, survivors should bring clothing to change into following the exam. Clothing given to the police will be used for evidence and will not be returned. If you have already changed your clothing, place the clothing you had on at the time of the assault in a paper bag, preferably one item per bag. Try not to use plastic, as it can destroy evidence.
  • Hospitals will do baseline testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Some facilities will give medications/prescriptions as preventative treatment, and survivors will be given information and access to emergency contraception (EC).
  • If a survivor believes he/she was drugged prior to the sexual assault, it is important to disclose that information, so a drug screen can be done. Survivors of sexual violence are granted amnesty from University discipline for drug and alcohol behavior related to their assault.
Location
Office
Crisp Hall 201-202
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 2030
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701