The needs of someone who has been sexually assaulted vary from person to person and may vary over time. You have access to on-campus and external resources, many of which may be accessed 24 hours a day, so that you may choose what you find most helpful and healing.
Biola urges anyone who has been sexually assaulted to seek professional support as soon as possible to minimize and treat physical harm, assist with processing the unique and complex emotional aftermath, and help preserve and understand options for legal recourse including criminal prosecution and/or civil litigation. Even if the victim does not wish to report the event, seeking medical attention as soon as possible is important. At any point that an individual is ready to come forward, Biola is prepared to help her or him.
Due to the seriousness of trauma that often comes with the fallout of an attack, it is extremely important for victims of sexual abuse to get professional help. You might not feel like you need counseling; however the emotional and mental aftereffects can suddenly catch up with you, especially during periods of high stress in your life as a student.
So even if you choose not to report this assault to the police, Biola's Title IX Office or Campus Safety, please get help for yourself.