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Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

 

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Is what happened to me rape? (What is sexual assault/rape?)

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)

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What can I do about it?
  • Get help, right away! Take care of yourself, both physically and emotionally.
  • Report it. This is your choice; reporting it may help others but it is not mandatory. You make the best decision for yourself.
  • Speak to someone. CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) is on campus/ free/confidential; Contact at 239-590-7950 or call 239-745-EARS to speak to a counselor 24/7.
  • FGCU Survivor Advocate- can help you determine your options and connect you to on and off campus resources. Contact Lauren Strunk 239-590-1866
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I live on campus; who do I talk with and what should I do?

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.

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Where do I go for care?

environment):

  • Lee County: ACT (Abuse Counseling and Treatment). 24 hour hotline : 239-939- 3112. ACT performs evidentiary/forensic exams (within 72 hours), free STI testing, pregnancy prevention, and counseling. It is not necessary to report the assault to receive care.
  • Collier County: Project HELP. 24 hr. Hotline: 239-262-7227. Project HELP will arrange for the free evidentiary exam (within 72 hours), STI testing, pregnancy prevention, and counseling. It is not necessary to report the assault to receive care.

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.

  • Campus Police: 239-590-1911 Collier County- 239-774-4434
  • Lee County: 239-477-1000 Charlotte County- 941-258-3900

Your Closest Hospital: All you need to do is go to your closest ER and they will contact the necessary help:

Fort Myers:

  • Gulf Coast Hospital: (closest to campus) 13681 Doctors Way, Fort Myers
  • Lee Memorial: 2776 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers
  • Healthpark: 9981 S. Healthpark Dr., Fort Myers
  • Cape Coral: 636 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral

Naples:

  • Physician’s Regional Hospital- 8300 Collier Blvd or 6101 Pine Ridge Rd.
  • NCH- North: 11190 Healthpark Blvd. or Downtown: 350 7th St. North

Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda:

  • Fawcett Memorial Hospital- 21298 Olean Blvd., Port Charlotte
  • Charlotte Regional Medical- 2500 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte
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Will I get pregnant?

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

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Will I get a sexually transmitted disease?

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).