If you are the victim of sexual assault, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or any other form of sexual or interpersonal misconduct, MCC will support you and connect you to the care that you need while ensuring that you know your options and your rights during this difficult time.
You do not have to go through this alone.
If you are concerned about your safety or cannot get to a safe place to seek help, call 911 immediately. Also, strongly consider calling a trusted friend to come to support you and make sure you’re not alone.
If you are on campus, you can also call MCC’s Police Department by 816.604.1200 from any off-campus or cellular phone. MCC’s Police Department may also be reached by pressing the button on the blue light boxes located throughout our campuses.
Victims of sexual assault should consider seeking medical attention for the following reasons:
- A doctor can treat any bruising, lacerations or internal injuries that you suffered, even if they’re not perceptible to you.
- A doctor can prescribe antibiotics to prevent sexually transmitted infections and counsel you about pregnancy prevention and testing.
- A medical professional can collect and preserve forensic evidence which can be used later if you decide to file a criminal complaint with the police or MCC.
To obtain medical care:
- Go to a clinic or your primary health care physician for medical treatment
- Go to an emergency department for a forensic exam AND medical treatment. This will assist with an investigation and potential prosecution. View a list of hospitals that conduct sexual assault forensic exams and where MOCSA provides hospital advocacy.
Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) also offers free and confidential counseling to individuals who have experienced sexual and interpersonal misconduct. Visit the MOCSA website to learn more. Phone: 816.931.4527. They also staff sexual assault hotlines:
- 24-hour Crisis Line in Kansas: 913.642.0233
- 24-hour Crisis Line in Missouri: 816.531.0233
Preserving and Collecting Physical Evidence
If you have experienced sexual misconduct, evidence may be left on your body, clothing or at the crime scene. It is important to collect any forensic evidence as soon as possible as this can be helpful in a criminal or civil investigation. Even if you are not sure that you want to report the incident to the police or MCC, a medical center can collect physical evidence and preserve it anonymously while you take time to decide. If you later choose to file a criminal complaint or a complaint with MCC, this forensic evidence may be pivotal in strengthening your case.
To preserve physical evidence, do not wash your face or hands, bathe, brush your teeth, eat or drink, douche, change your clothes, or move or remove anything from the area that the incident occurred (bed linens, etc.). You should write down the details of the event as soon as possible, including the date and time that it occurred, the name and/or physical description of the perpetrator, the location, what happened and the names of any witnesses or people that saw you right before or after the assault took place. Keep this written account in a safe place. It may be helpful to you and to law enforcement should you later choose to prosecute.