Campus Assault Resources and Education (C.A.R.E.) is University of San Diego's primary effort to provide support, resources and education to the student community pertaining to sexual assault and sexual exploitation. The University of San Diego does not tolerate sexual assault and has implemented a comprehensive effort that reinforces a culture of prevention, response and accountability that ensures the safety, dignity and well-being of all members of our community.
National statistics show that between 20-25% of college-age women and 3% of college-age men will be sexually assaulted.
This website is designed to provide USD community members with important information about support and resources available to all USD students who have been or may be impacted by sexual assault.
In case of a sexual assault…
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted or has been exposed to any form of sexual exploitation, you are strongly encouraged to consider taking the following actions:
- Find a safe environment and ask a trusted individual to stay with you for support.
Know that the incident was not your fault.
- Call the Department of Public Safety (619) 260-2222 (24 hours) to report the incident and to receive immediate assistance. When you call ask to speak with a trained CARE Sexual Assault Advocate or with a Public Safety representative. To access assistance off-campus call 911. During working hours you can also make a report by contacting a trained CARE Advocate directly.
- Do what you can to preserve evidence.
Do not wash your face or hands, bathe, brush your teeth, drink or eat, douche, or change clothes if you can avoid it. If you do change your clothes, put all clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault in individual paper bags (not plastic). It is important to preserve as much evidence as possible should you later decide to press criminal charges.
- Seek medical attention as promptly as possible.
- For life-threatening conditions, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital Emergency Department (if you need assistance getting there call Public Safety at (619)-260-2222.
- If you choose — you may have evidence collected to aid criminal prosecution if you later decide to file criminal charges.It is best for any physical evidence to be collected immediately, ideally within the first 24 hours. (The quality and quantity of evidence collected later than this may be substantially diminished.)
- The hospital can provide general medical treatment and, if you choose, conduct a special evidence collection exam. A medical exam could include treatment of any physical problems and various lab tests for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. A specially trained nurse, an emergency department physician, or a gynecologist will perform the evidence collection exam. A sexual assault advocate or a support person of your choice may be present throughout the procedure.
For treatment of less serious injuries, use the Student Health Center (619) 260-4595.
For after-hours consultations, contact (619) 260-2222.
For evaluation and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, as well as consultation for other concerns, you can use the Student Health Center (619)-260-4595.
- Obtain information, support and counseling.
- A variety of agencies, both on and off campus, can help a person decide what steps to take, such as seeking medical attention, preserving evidence, obtaining counseling or reporting to authorities. Information, support and advice are available for anyone who wishes to discuss issues related to sexual assault and/or incidents of sexual exploitation. The degree to which confidentiality can be protected depends upon the professional role of the person being consulted and should be addressed with that person before specific facts are disclosed.