Lauren Strunk, M.S., LMHC
Howard Hall, Room 143
Definition: “the oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by or union with, the sexual organ of another and/or anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object without their consent”. (Florida Statues, Chapter 794, Section 794.011)
If you live on campus your Resident Assistant and Resident Directors are available for you. These staff members have been trained on how to talk and share resources with survivors of assault. If you do not have your Resident Assistants phone number you can go by their room, the areas front desk, or stop by the Resident Directors office. Staff members are a great support system for you to utilize.
911: Wherever you are, dial 911 for emergency response (police, EMS). They can help you get to an Emergency Room or to ACT (or the closest rape crisis center). This is your first call if you do not feel you are in a safe environment or have sustained injuries that need immediate medical attention.
Your Closest Hospital: All you need to do is go to your closest ER and they will contact the necessary help:
Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda:
There are several emergency contraception (EC) options; the most common is Plan B, which is a hormone, used in birth control pills. It does not cause an abortion; if Plan B fails, a woman becomes pregnant. It should be taken as soon as possible, with food. It is available without prescription at most pharmacies (usually around $50).
Other EC options are an IUD (intrauterine device) or Ella, a different pill from Plan B. These may not be easily obtained (prescription required) and there is often more of an expense.
Plan B is available at Student Health Services (239-590-7966) the same day or within 72 hours (3 days) for $15. They also have some contraceptive methods and pregnancy testing available for low cost
Talk to your medical provider about testing now and in the future and what you can do to help prevent any sexually transmitted diseases (besides the recommended abstinence for the period of testing).