Sexual Assault Protocol
Mitchell Area Safehouse
Shelter: (605) 996-2765  Hotline: (605) 996-4440  Visitation Center: 605-996-8880

What to do if you are assaulted

Get away from the attacker to a safe place and call 911 or Mitchell public safety.  605-995-8400
Call a DWU Staff member from the list below. Or, call a friend or family member you can trust. 
Do not wash, comb or clean any part of your body. Do not change clothes or touch anything at the scene of the assault. This will help police gather as much evidence as possible. 
Go to the nearest hospital emergency room. You need to be examined, treated for injuries and screened for your health and safety. 
At the hospital you can file a police report if you choose to do so. 
Ask the hospital to connect you with a local rape crisis center if you have not already made contact.

How to lower your risk of being assaulted

Be aware of your surroundings.
Walk with confidence.
Know your limits when it comes to using alcohol. 
Be assertive act immediately.
Trust your instincts—if you feel uncomfortable, leave.
Don’t prop open self-locking doors such as to the residence halls.
Lock your door and your windows—even when leaving for few minutes.
Watch your keys. Don’t lend them and don’t put your name and address on the key ring.
Watch out for unwanted visitors—know who is on the other side of the door.
Be wary of isolated spots.
Avoid walking or jogging alone especially at night. Vary your route. Stay in well-traveled, well-lit areas.
Have your key ready to use before you reach the door—home, car or work.
Park in well-lit areas and lock the car.
Drive on well-traveled streets.
Never hitchhike or pick up a hitchhiker.
Keep your car in good shape with plenty of gas.
In case of car trouble, call for help on your cell phone. If you don’t have a phone, put the hood up-, lock the doors and put a banner in the rear window that says, “Help. Call police.”
Be aware that nothing you do is a guarantee against sexual assault.

On Campus Resources for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

Danny Sandberg
Director of Residence Life 
605-995-2942 - Office

Donna Gerlach
Campus Nurse

Linda Cimpl
Campus Counselor
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