Watkins Health Services provides support to victims of sexual and domestic violence. Merrill Evans, LSCSW, is the University's CARE (Campus Assistance, Resource, and Education) Coordinator whose primary role is to coordinate support for individuals (both victim and alleged perpetrators) impacted by sexual violence including incidents of sexual assault, sexual battery, partner violence, dating violence and stalking.
The CARE Coordinator is a confidential position and is not required to report incidents to University officials or organizations. If you or someone you know has been affected by any form of sexual violence, please do not hesitate to contact Merrill or stop by Watkins Health Center Room 2615 during normal business hours. If WHS is closed, the Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center is available 24 hours for victim assistance at 785-843-8985.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
Services from a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) are available at Watkins Health Services. A SANE is a Registered Nurse who has received special training in order to provide comprehensive care to sexual assault victims. The duties of a SANE include collecting and documenting any forensic evidence and providing appropriate information, support and referrals. In addition, a SANE may provide expert testimony if a case goes to trial.
Victims of sexual assault should be seen immediately (no greater than 120 hours). Contact WHS at 785-864-9507. If WHS is closed, students should go directly to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Emergency Department at 325 Maine Street. If transportation to Lawrence Memorial Hospital is needed, call the KU Public Safety Office at 785-864-5900.