Timeliness is important
Timely and prompt reporting of a sexual assault is critical. Evidence collection must take place no later than 120 hours after the assault. Do not bathe, douche, use the toilet or change clothing. Note everything about the location. Even if the 120 has passed you may report incidents of sexual violence at any time.
Seek medical attention
If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, you should seek medical attention from the Sanford Bemidji Hospital (218-751-5430) or Bemidji State University Health Services (218-755-2053) immediately regardless of whether you report the matter to the police.
Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College care deeply about the safety and well-being of its students and employees. Those who experience or who are witnesses to a sexual assault and report the incident in good faith shall not be sanctioned by the university/college for admitting in the report to a violation of the institution’s code of conduct policy on the personal use of drugs or alcohol.
Consequences of filing a report
Filing a report with the Department of Public Safety will not obligate you to pursue prosecution, nor will it subject you to scrutiny or judgment.
Filing a report will:
- Ensure that you relieve the necessary medical treatment and tests
- Provide the opportunity for collection of evidence that is helpful for prosecution, and cannot be obtained later
- Assure the you have access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual crisis intervention.