Sexual Assault

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:21

Sexual assault is NEVER the victim's fault.

Unfortunately, sexual assault occurs in Pullman like other “nice” community.  According to statistics, most sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone known to the victim, and often by someone the victim trusts. Statistics also show that most sexual assaults are not reported to the police.  Pullman PD wishes to reassure victims that we are here to help.  Please, report sexual assault right away.  Holding offenders accountable helps to protect the community, and can be an important part of the healing process.

When an assault is reported to police, investigations consist of a coordinated effort including the Pullman Police Department, Pullman Regional Hospital and their specially trained SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurses, advocates from Alternatives to Violence on the Palouse (ATVP) and the Whitman County Prosecutor’s Office. As a police agency, we are sensitive to the individual needs of each victim, working to help them in the manner that best fits their unique needs. If you would like to talk with an officer, please call (509) 332-2521.  While it is best to gather evidence and information right away, a victim can call law enforcement at any time, even if some time has passed since the incident occurred. 

What is consent?  
According to Washington State, "Consent" means that at the time of the act of sexual intercourse or sexual contact, there are actual words or conduct indicating freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse or sexual contact.  It's important to remember that a person cannot consent while incapacitated by drugs or alcohol, and that consenting once does not equal implied consent in the future.  It is your right to say no at any time.

I was recently sexually assaulted. Now what? 

Medical Care:  
If you are the recent victim of sexual assault, it is important to seek medical care right away.  For purposes of evidence collection, it is recommended that you visit a hospital right away, prior to bathing or destroying your clothing.  A SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Exanimer) sexual assault exam (or "rape kit") may be conducted to check for injuries, provide documentation, test for and treat sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy.  These exams are provided at no cost to the victim, and a victim may seek a sexual assault exam without filing a police report.  Not sure if you want to report the assault? That's ok.  The evidence collected during this exam can be used at a later date, should you decide to call law enforcement at a later time.  

Protection Order:
A sexual assault victim may petition a court (Municipal, District, or Superior) for a sexual assault protection order at no cost.  For more information about these orders, please click here.

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