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What To Do If You Have Just Been Sexually Assaulted

  • Get to a safe place.
  • Contact someone who can help you: a friend, Women’s Resource and Services, the police, a counseling or rape crisis center — any or all of the above.
  • If you are reporting to the police, do not shower, drink or eat, douche, brush your teeth or change your clothes. These activities destroy important physical evidence needed in the event that you decide to prosecute the assailant.
  • Get medical attention at a hospital emergency room right away. Even if you do not want to report this to the police, you may have injuries or have been exposed to diseases of which you are not aware.
  • You may be transported to the hospital by the police or they can meet you there.
  • Seek professional help from a counselor or local rape crisis center.
  • Remember: The assault was not your fault.
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