Sexual Assault Advocacy and Support Services
Advocates help survivors determine their own needs in regards to their physical and emotional health, reporting options, and academic concerns. They connect survivors to campus and community services, and provide accompaniment to important appointments (court, hospital, and police) and support throughout the process. WSUPD can also connect you with advocacy services, if desired. The local advocacy group is Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, whose services are free, immediate, and confidential.
Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse
1125 NW Nye Street
Pullman, WA 99163
877-334-2887 (24-hour crisis hotline)
Other confidential resources include WSU Counseling and Psychological Services. If you would like to speak with a counselor after business hours, WSUPD can contact the on-call counselor and have them call you directly or a crisis telephone number is provided. Information shared with the counselor will not be provided to WSUPD without expressed permission from you.
WSU Counseling and Psychological Services
PO Box 642333
Pullman, WA 99164
509-335-2159 (crisis services line)
Sexual Assault Examination and Victim Compensation Programs
For immediate care after a sexual assault, you may choose to have a sexual assault forensic exam, sometimes known as a “rape kit,” to preserve possible DNA evidence and receive important medical care.
If you are able to, try to avoid activities that could potentially damage evidence such as:
- Using the restroom
- Changing clothes
- Combing hair
- Cleaning up the area
It’s natural to want to go through these motions after a traumatic experience. If you have done any of these activities, you can still have an exam performed. You may want to bring a spare change of clothes with you to the hospital or health facility where you’re going to have the exam.
A sexual assault can impact your physical health. You may have injuries and trauma related to the assault that aren’t immediately visible. During an exam you may be able to access treatment for these injuries, receive preventative treatment for STIs, and obtain emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy.
The length of the exam may take a few hours, but the actual time will vary based on several different factors. It may be helpful to have someone to support you during this time. A friend, family member, advocate, or someone else you prefer can accompany you during the actual exam.
Sexual assault forensic examinations are free and available at any time of the day and night at the hospital emergency room. Other medical expenses may be compensated through the Washington State Crime Victim Compensation Program, depending on the circumstances. Advocates from ATVP can provide assistance with this process. The Whitman County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office offers a Victim / Witness Coordinator for assistance with restitution benefits.
WSUPD and ATVP can provide you with transportation to the hospital or clinic. There is no requirement to make a police report in order to obtain a sexual assault forensic exam, but the process gives you the chance to safely store evidence should you decide to report at a later time.
Pullman Regional Hospital and WSU Health and Wellness Services / Medical Clinic both conduct sexual assault forensic examinations.
- Pullman Regional Hospital
835 SE Bishop Boulevard
Pullman, WA 99163
- WSU Cougar Health Services / Medical Clinic
PO Box 642302
Pullman, WA 99164
- Whitman County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Victim / Witness Coordinator
PO Box 30
Colfax, WA 99111
- Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Crime Victims Compensation Program
For more information on prevention and bystander intervention explore the Count on Cougs offered by WSU Cougar Health Services.