Experiencing sexual or relationship violence can be an overwhelming and isolating experience. Sexual assault and relationship violence are traumatic experiences that can interrupt your life at home, work, and school. It can sometimes affect your relationships with friends and family. Many victims try to cope and manage their feelings on their own, which is a common response to dealing with such a painful and frightening experience.
At Saint Louis University, we want you to know that you are not alone. We are here to support and encourage you regardless of where you are in your process. Whether your experience is long past or a recent event, we are here to provide help, support, and resources. We also value and protect your confidentiality throughout the process.
What Should I Do?
You have several options to consider as you move forward. You can choose to do any one - or none - of the following:
- Have a confidential consultation with a caring professional;
- Make an official report;
- Receive medical attention;
- Pursue housing and safety options; and/or
- Ongoing therapy with a qualified, sensitive, and professional counselor.
When it comes to counseling, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, we strive to respect where you are and what you are ready to do. Honoring your process is of the utmost importance to us. When you are ready, we are here. While counseling can be scary, it can be helpful in relieving symptoms commonly associated with traumatic experiences. These can include: fear, guilt, shame, nightmares, flashbacks, and others.
The information provided here is to help you better understand sexual and relationship violence, as well as to know what your options are. If you have questions or would like to speak confidentially with a counselor, please email Jessica Dyer, LCSW or call her directly at 314-977-2328.
If this is an afterhours emergency, contact the 24-hour on call counselor at 314-977-2323.
Faculty and Staff: Click here for helpful information on helping a student who has been sexually assaulted.