Sexual Assault Resources
If you, or someone you know, is currently in immediate danger call 911.
Georgia Southern University Police Department (912) 478-5234
Medical attention is important following a sexual assault. Local options in Statesboro for medical services include the Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center, known as The Teal House, Georgia Southern University Health Services, and East Georgia Regional Medical Center. The Teal House provides free medical and forensic examinations by specially trained SANE nurses, advocacy services, crisis intervention counseling, therapy services, and a 24-hour crisis line. Free medical examinations and treatment following a sexual assault are also offered by Georgia Southern University Health Services for all Georgia Southern University students. Medical examinations are offered by East Georgia Regional Medical center, however, there is a financial cost. In Savannah, the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire can provide assistance to survivors. A medical examination can be facilitated at any time following a sexual assault, although the sooner medical treatment is obtained, the safer the patient. A medical examination checks for and treats any injury and/or infection that has resulted from the assault. A forensic examination also checks for injury and/or infection in addition to collecting evidence in the event that the victim decides to press charges or file a report. A forensic examination can be facilitated up to 120 hours (5 days) after a sexual assault occurs. Seeking a forensic exam does not obligate a person to press charges or file a report.
The Teal House-
Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center
East Georgia Regional Medical Center
1499 Fair Road Statesboro, GA
Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire
24/7 Crisis Line (912)233-7273
The Georgia Southern University Counseling Center provides 24-hour crisis intervention for emergency circumstances, such as sexual assault. For more information regarding crisis intervention services, please visit the Crisis Intervention tab of our website. The Counseling Center also offers ongoing individual counseling for depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic symptoms following an assault. Regular business hours are from 8:00AM-5:00PM Monday-Friday.
Georgia Southern Counseling Center
(912) 478-5541 (Statesboro)
(912) 322-2529 (Armstrong)
Reporting the Incident
It is completely normal to question if reporting an incident of sexual assault is the right option. Many individuals want to receive information about reporting options so they can make an informed decision. Individuals also have the option of not reporting to the University or to the police if they do not want the incident to be investigated. Individuals can speak confidentially to professional staff at the Counseling Center, Health Services, the Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault Center (SRSAC), or the emergency department at East Georgia Regional Medical Center. If reporting seems like the best option, contacting the local police, University Policy Department, and/or Georgia Southern Equal Opportunity & Title IX office are all available resources.
*Georgia Southern University Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office (912) 478-5136
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) (800) 656-HOPE (4673)
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Important Things to Remember:
- If you have experienced sexual assault:
- It is not your fault.
- Your choices are valid and valued.
- All emotional reactions are normal. However you feel is valid and understandable.
- You are not alone.
- Self-care is important. Remember to rest, eat, and maintain personal hygiene as best you can during this time.
- If someone you know has experienced sexual assault:
- Always believe them and never blame them for the assault. It is never the victim’s fault.
- Support the victim’s decisions to report or not report, seek medical services or not seek medical services. It is important that the victim of the assault is in control of their experience.
- There is no one way to react following a sexual assault. All emotional reactions are within the realm of normal behavior.
- Offer to stay with the victim to provide support.
Last updated: 8/3/2018