|If You Have Been Assaulted or Raped...|
- Don't do anything to clean yourself or your environment
until you and your environment have been examined by the police and you
have been examined by a doctor! You'll destroy evidence if you do any
cleaning or rearranging.
- Call the police first thing and report your
assault. Get them to document what has happened to you. You can also
report the assault later on, if you aren't comfortable doing so first
thing. It is best to do it sooner rather than later, if you can manage,
- Go to the hospital as soon as you possibly can
and tell them you have been assaulted. If you have been raped, ask them
to do a rape examination. If you think you may have been drugged (e.g.,
with Rohypnol), ask them to test your urine. Don't bathe, brush your
teeth or do anything to change your condition no matter how bad you
look. The idea is that the doctors will be able to document the damage
you've sustained, and collect any evidence that may be present (such as
semen/cum or hair) that could be used against your attacker in a
court of law. Doctors will also be able to treat you for any injuries
you may have sustained, and counsel you regarding the possibilities of
pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted disease.
- As soon as possible, document what has happened to you in your own words.
- Get to a safe place and stay there. If you
can't get to a safe place, try to make where you are safer by asking
someone safe to come and stay with you for a while.
- Know that it wasn't your fault that you were assaulted.
- Understand that you can expect to be shaken up
for weeks or months after the assault. It takes time to heal from rape
and assault. Allow yourself the time you will need to heal. Also know
that it's never too late to call. Many assault victims don't realize
that they would benefit from help until long after the assault has
- Rape and assault can be psychologically
traumatizing, and posttraumatic stress disorder is a possibility. If
you find that you are not recovering from the rape or assault, seek
professional mental health care for PTSD.