Survivors of sexual violence may experience mental, physical, and emotional trauma. Mercy College recommends survivors seek help as soon as possible to work through the trauma with a trained professional. The following resources are recommended:
If you are a victim of sexual assault, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. You can seek medical attention without reporting to the police! Call 911 for any kind of emergency, immediate harm or threat of harm. Mercy Public Safety-(419) 251-1444 or Mercy Health Police Department-Youngstown-(330)-480-3288 are also resources which can be contacted with an emergency. Mercy Public Safety/Mercy Health Police Department- Youngstown strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to a Mercy police officer and/or to a Campus Security Authority. Filing a police report with a Mercy police officer or CSA will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from the officers.
Medical Treatment and Evidence Preservation
Students and employees seeking medical treatment should go to the nearest hospital. For the preservation of evidence in the event of a sexual assault, the following guidelines are recommended:
- Do not destroy the physical evidence that may be found in the vicinity of the crime. If the crime occurred in the survivor's home, the survivor should not clean until the police have had an opportunity to collect evidence.
- Tell someone all details remembered about the assault. Write down all details remembered as soon as possible.
- Do not bathe or douche. Do not urinate, if possible.
- Do not eat, drink liquids, smoke, or brush teeth if oral contact took place.
- Keep the clothes worn during the offense. If clothes are changed, place clothes in a paper bag (evidence deteriorates in plastic).
- Get prompt medical attention at a local hospital.
Suzanne Hall, LPCC-S
2221 Madison Avenue
Toledo, OH 43604
Off-Campus Services – Toledo
YMCA H.O.P.E. Center
1018 Jefferson Avenue
Toledo, OH 43624
(419) 241-3235 non-emergencies
24-Hour Hotline: (866) 557-7273
Toledo Area Hospitals that Provide Sexual Assault Examinations and Information and Referrals:
Mercy St. Vincent Hospital
2213 Cherry Street
Toledo, OH 43608
Mercy St. Charles Hospital
2600 Navarre Avenue
Oregon, OH 43616
University of Toledo Medical Center
3000 Arlington Avenue
Toledo, OH 43614
St. Luke’s Hospital
5901 Monclova Road
Maumee, OH 43537
The Toledo Hospital
2142 North Cove Boulevard
Toledo, OH 43606
Rape Crisis and Counseling Services
535 Marmion Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44502
(330) 782-5664 non-emergencies
24 Hour Hotline: (330) 782-3936
Youngstown Area Hospitals that Provide Sexual Assault Examination and Information and Referrals:
Mercy St. Elizabeth Hospital
1044 Belmont Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44504
Coordinator of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program
Office Phone: (330) 480-3323
Cell Phone: (330) 301-8418
National Sexual Assault Hotline: (800) 656-HOPE (4673)
Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. provides legal services to those recovering from domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Lucas County: (419) 724-0460
Protection Orders – Contact local police department or legal aid.