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What to Do First

Immediate Steps to Take if you are Subject to Sexual Assault or Other Forms of Violence or Threatening Behavior:


  • Go to a safe place and speak with someone you trust. Tell this person what happened. If there is any immediate danger and you are on the Malibu campus, call Public Safety at 310.506.4441. If you are off campus, call 911. If you are located at one of Pepperdine's graduate, DC, or international campuses, contact your program director or local law enforcement to obtain information regarding local counseling, medical, and legal resources available to you.
  • Consider securing immediate professional support to assist you in the crisis. You can consider on- or off-campus options. During office hours, you may access the Pepperdine Counseling Center (506.4210), the Pepperdine Health Center (506.4316), the Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center 310.319.4000, the Sojourn Services (domestic and dating violence) at 310.264.6644.
  • After hours, if you live on campus, your resident advisor, student life advisor, resident director, or Public Safety (310.506.4441) can typically help you reach a confidential Pepperdine University counselor.
  • After hours, if you live off campus or live on campus but prefer to use off-campus options, call the Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center's 24-hour hotline: 310.319.4000. When contacting SMRTC, please let them know if you are in need of transportation to and from the center, as free options are available. Students may also contact Sojourn Services at 310.264.6644.
  • Consider securing immediate professional support to assist you in crisis. You can consider on- or off-campus options:

Emergency Resources

On-Campus Options:

Off-Campus Options:

Public Safety
Location: CCB (adjacent)

Pepperdine Counseling Center 
Confidential Resource
Location: TCC 270
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Pepperdine Health Center 
Location: HC1
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

University Chaplain, Sara Barton 
Confidential Resource
Location: TCC 106

LiveSafe App 
Anonymous reports may be made on the LiveSafe app or by calling the Wave Tip line at 310.506.7634

Emergency Services
Dial 911

Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff Station

Location: 27050 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Los Angeles Sheriff's Department 
Location: 211 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center
Location: 1250 Sixteenth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Hours: Open 24 hours, 7 days per week

Sojourn Services
Location: 1453 16th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM



  • In cases of sexual assault, for your safety and well-being, immediate medical attention is encouraged to evaluate for physical injury, sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy. Further, being examined as soon as possible, ideally within 72 hours, is important for evidence collection, which may be used to support prosecution should you decide immediately or later to pursue criminal charges. The Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center will arrange for a specific medical examination at no charge. To preserve evidence, it is best that you do not bathe shower, douche, or change clothes before that exam. Even if you have already bathed, you are still encouraged to have prompt medical care. Additionally, you are encouraged to gather bedding, linens, or unlaundered clothing and any other pertinent articles that may be used for evidence.
  • Even after the immediate crisis has passed, consider seeking support from the Pepperdine Counseling Center, the Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center, or Sojourn Services.
  • Contact the Title IX Coordinator for Students, La Shonda Coleman (310.506.4436) if you need assistance with University-related concerns, including academic issues (e.g., missed classes or exams; requesting extensions regarding coursework) or on-campus housing issues (e.g., requesting that the student who you believe assaulted you be moved or that you be moved to a different residence hall).
  • Consider your reporting options (see "Reporting Resources").
  • Report to Public Safety or the Title IX Coordinator for Students any concerns about retaliation against you or your friends.