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Medical Attention

UNTIL YOU DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO HAVE EVIDENCE COLLECTED IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO:

• DO NOT shower or brush your teeth, if at all possible.
• DO NOT go to the bathroom, if at all possible.
• DO NOT drink or smoke.
• DO NOT change your clothes or underwear. If you have removed this clothing, bring it with you to the hospital in a paper bag. This may preserve a lot of evidence.

Get to a safe place, such as a residence assistant or residence director’s room, the campus security offices located in Hitch 100 or on 12th Avenue South, or a trusted friend’s room or off-campus residence. If you are off campus and injured, call 911 for immediate help. If you are on campus and injured, call Campus Security at (615) 460-6911 for immediate help. Campus Security will come to your aid and summon Metro emergency responders.

If you have been the victim of non-consensual sexual intercourse, it is strongly recommended that you visit an emergency room within 24 hours for a rape evidence examination to preserve evidence and support your opportunity to make decisions later. If possible, take a trusted friend or relative with you to the hospital to provide additional support. Belmont personnel from the Office of Student Affairs are available to accompany you to the hospital. All victims of sexual assault must go to Metro General Hospital. If you go to any other hospital emergency room you will be routed to Metro General Hospital. Metro General Hospital is located at 1818 Albion St, Nashville TN., 37208.

Deciding whether or not to report a crime to police may be difficult for you. If you decide to go to the hospital, by procedure hospital staff will alert the police of your arrival. It is up to you if you would like to file a police report or talk to a police officer. You will be asked if you would like a sexual assault counselor to assist you at the hospital. This counselor is trained to help you think through your options as well as answer any questions that you might have throughout the entire process.