Loyola University Maryland

Counseling Center

Sexual Assault: Your Medical and Mental Health Options

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There are several decisions for a student to make after a sexual assault. This time is often confusing, frustrating, and filled with a wide range of reactions. Here are answers to the most commonly asked health questions.

Medical Attention

Within 72 hours of the incident, you may choose one of these options at Mercy Hospital. 

General Medical Exam: Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE):
Usually seen within 4 hours of arrival Usually seen within 2 hours of arrival
Check for injuries Check for injuries
Screen for STD's, HIV, pregnancy Screen for STD's, HIV, pregnancy
Interviewed by a doctor or nurse Interviewed by law enforcement, doctor and/or SAFE nurse examiner
Does not require you to report to the police Requires you to report to the police (including a name, if known)
May inquire about medical advice from Loyola Health Center, but will be referred to Mercy for medical attention An advocate from Turn Around will remain with you during the exam and provide follow-up services
Paid by you through health insurance Paid for by the state if you report incident to the police
Can be used in a criminal suit, but less effective than SAFE exam Gathers evidence for use in court
  Preserves legal chain of evidence

After 72 hours, you may choose:

General Medical Exam: Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE):
At Loyola Health Center or Mercy Hospital Emergency Room Not usually done because little evidence will remain for court use
Check for injuries, even healed injuries  
Screen for STD's, HIV, pregnancy  

Even after 72 hours, it is strongly recommended that you seek medical attention.

Counseling Services

Sexual assault is a traumatic experience that often leaves those involved with many emotional reactions. These reactions may include shock, anxiety, irritability, confusion, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. It is important to be aware that everyone responds differently to a crisis situation. Some will have immediate, intense reactions and others will have delayed reactions. Remember that there are services available on campus to help you during this difficult time.

The Counseling Center is available to support you before, during, and after the decision making process. Counseling is free and confidential. A counselor from Loyola's Counseling Center will be available to accompany you to the hospital regardless of your decision to report this incident to the police. If the incident occurs after business hours or on the weekend please contact someone from the office of student life (RA, GRC, or AD) and they will assist you in receiving campus support as you make these decisions.


Counseling Center
150 Humanities Center

Loyola Health Center
Seton Hall 02A

Office of Student Life
Seton Hall 08B

Department of Public Safety
Emergency: 410-617-5911
Non-Emergency: 410-617-5311

Turn Around
24-hour Hotline

The Loyola Counseling Center offers free counseling and referral services to Loyola students. Just call or stop by for an appointment.