If you've been sexually assaulted...
Remember that it was not your fault. Whatever happened, you did nothing to deserve it. Sexual assault can happen to anyone and it is never the victim's fault.
What to do after a rape or sexual assault:
- Go to a safe place and call the police if you want to report the incident.
- Seek medical help. Even if you do not prosecute you need to be seen by a doctor who can check for injuries. Antibiotic therapy is often started immediately to lessen the likelihood of disease.
- Do not bathe, douche, or change your clothes, especially if you think you might file charges. Evidence can be destroyed even by something as simple as drinking water or going to the bathroom.
- Do not move anything in the place where the assault occurred.
- Get help. Call CASAS to talk to a professional staff person who can give you information about available options. It is always confidential.
- Seek medical care as soon as possible. If you want to file a police report, it is best to get care within 24 hours of the assault. Contact CASAS for information about where to get medical assistance.
What medical services will do:
- Determine if you have been injured in any way, including injuries you may not be aware of.
- Screen you for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.
- Collect medical evidence for possible future prosecution.
Seeking medical assistance does NOT obligate you to report the assault to the police. You have the legal right to decide if you want the police involved.
Source: Adapted from Crime and Sexual Assault Services (CASAS) website, Student Affairs, WWU