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Sexual assault is never the survivor’s fault.

Sexual assault can happen to anyone. There is no typical survivor.

Statistics indicate that anywhere from 85 to 90 percent of all sexual assaults occur between people who know each other.

If you have been assaulted or raped, you have control of the choices you can make. The following are recommendations to assist you in dealing with this crime:

If you have been raped:

—Do not blame yourself. Sexual assault is never the survivor’s fault.

—Go to a safe location.

—If you are injured, seek medical attention immediately.

—Do not shower, bathe, or douche. The only way medical evidence can be collected is if it is left intact.

If the assault occurred within eighty-four hours:


—You can call 911 or the non-emergency police number. You can also call 541-779-4357 and request to speak with a sexaul assault advocate.

—If you call the police, a uniformed officer will be assigned to take a report.

—The officer will offer to transport you to the hospital.

—If you choose to make a formal report, a detective will be contacted and you will be asked to recount the assault for the second time to the detective.

—A sexual assault advocate will be summoned to the hospital. You will be given the choice to have or not have an advocate’s help.

—You will be given the option of a Sexual Assault Forensics Exam (SAFE) or a medical exam to assure your well being.

If the assault occurred more than eighty-four hours prior:


—You can contact a sexual assault advocate or the police. An officer will be assigned to come to you.

—If you wish to report, a detective will talk with you and explain legal options.

—Many survivors file a report but do not choose to follow-up with prosecution. If you do not prosecute immediately, but later want to, you may.

If a friend has been assaulted or raped:

—Listen and be supportive.

—Let your friend make her or his own choices.

—Encourage your friend to immediately contact Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS) at 541-779-4357 or one of the other Sexual Assault Network contacts.

—Stay with your friend during interviews and examinations if she or he wants you to do so.

—Take care of yourself. You may need to talk with someone about how this has affected you. The resources listed in this section are for you, as well.


Sexual Assault Confidential Report Form (PDF)