Report or Not Report:
You have experienced a sexual assault. This is likely a stressful and
confusing time for you. Most victims are unsure of how to cope with
the questions they have, the decisions they are faced with, and the reaction
of others. One decision most victims face is whether or not to report
the assault to the authorities.
- just want to try to put the assault behind them and go on with their
- worry about what will happen to themselves or the offender if a report
- worry that they may be in trouble if the assault involved drugs or
- are confused or frightened by the legal process.
- are being pressured by family or friends to report.
We encourage you to contact an advocate from the Rape Victim Advocacy
Program to assist you with all of your concerns.
Iowa law gives you the right to have an advocate/victim counselor
throughout any medical, police and/or legal proceedings (Iowa Code
§915.20) regarding the assault.
The information shared with the RVAP advocate is confidential and
protected by Iowa law (Iowa Code §915.20A).
University of Iowa Reporting Process
If you are part of the University of Iowa community (student, staff, or
faculty) and experience a sexual assault, you have the option of reporting
the assault to the University in addition to, or instead of, the police.
If you are unsure of the process or would like to discuss
your options before making a report and maintain confidentiality contact:
The Rape Victim Advocacy Program (335-6000 or 800-228-1625)
University Counseling Service (335-7294)
Faculty and Staff Services (335-2085)
Office of the Ombudsperson (335-3608)
Women's Resource and Action Center (335-1486)
Reporting to Law Enforcement:
- If you choose to report to law enforcement you can:
- Report the assault without filing a formal complaint
- Report the assault and make a formal complaint
- Have a third party report the assault
- Criminal investigations are greatly enhanced the sooner evidence is
- Law enforcement has specialized trained personnel.
- Reports to law enforcement are made to the agency that has jurisdiction
over the location where the assault occurred.
- The statue of limitations in Iowa to prosecute a sexual assault is 10
- For more detailed information, see legal or reporting options.