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How to Get Help

Get Safe and Get Help 

Immediately after a sexual or physical assault or stalking, get to a safe place as soon as you can. Consider the following to assist you with getting safe and getting help:

  • Call the Winston Salem Police directly at 911
  • Call Family Services at 336-722-4457 (24 Hours)
  • Call the RAINN Hotline (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Hotline) at 1-800-656-HOPE (24 Hours)
  • Tell someone you trust what happened 

Get Medical Attention 

Getting medical attention is important for addressing the physical consequences of any type of assault, even if you do not wish to press charges or collect evidence.

If you can, seeking medical attention within 24 hours of a sexual assault is most ideal for medical and preventative treatment. Survivors of sexual or physical assault can have health issues that include: bruising, cuts, abrasions, internal injuries not readily apparent or broken bones.

Sexual assault survivors can also have additional health concerns such as: tearing or bruising of the labia, vaginal or anal wall, or urethra; sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes; pregnancy; and HIV. 

To seek medical assistance, you can go to a hospital emergency room, clinic or your primary care physician. 

  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center [Confidential] Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27157
  • Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center [Confidential] 3333 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
  • Forsyth County Health Department [Confidential] 799 N. Highland Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

If you go to the emergency room, you will receive preventative care, treatment, and referrals to follow-up care, and you have the option of evidence collection. For sexual assault, the emergency room charge nurse should contact a medical advocate from Family Services to accompany you through the evidence collection process.

The emergency room will also contact the police. It is your choice whether or not you talk with the police. If you choose to talk with the police they will take information for a police report and this information will be forwarded to the Title IX Coordinator for investigation. 


Quick Reference

Sexual Offense Prevention and Response
Tanya L. Jachimiak, JD
Title IX Coordinator

Office 336-758-7258


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Last Updated: 08-24-2016
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