After being sexually assaulted, you may have a lot of fears & questions, including:
• Why did this happen to me?
• Could I have prevented this?
• Will I develop an infection or become pregnant as a result of the assault?
• Who should I call first?
• Should I report this to the police?
• Is this reportable?
• Can I report if I was drinking or under the influence?
In all cases, it is important to know that you did not cause the sexual assault. Sexual assault is an act of violence, intimidation, and control. No one ever "deserves" to be assaulted, even if you wore tight clothing or initially showed interest in your assailant. You cannot legally consent to sex if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Sexual assault is a crime.
The following steps are recommended after sexual assault:
- Find a safe environment away from the assailant.
- Call a close friend or relative or call A New Day at 508-588-8255
- Seek medical care to make sure you are not injured and to collect evidence if you chose. It is best to go right away and not change clothes, bathe, or brush your teeth until evidence is collected. An A New Day counselor can meet you at the emergency room to support you and your family. You can stop the evidence collection at any time.
- Discuss your options in filing a police report with an A New Day counselor, sexual assault nurse examiner, or healthcare provider. You don’t have to report.
- Follow up with a healthcare provider one to two weeks later.
- Call A New Day to learn more about common responses after a sexual assault, talk about your concerns or set up a counseling appointment.
- Ask your counselor about victim compensation assistance.
It is best to seek medical care as soon after the assault as possible, but even if some time has elapsed some evidence may be left for collection. Individuals of all ages and genders can have evidence collected. A healthcare provider or A New Day counselor can offer advice on reporting the crime, discuss concerns regarding pregnancy, infection and safety to help you begin to recover.
To speak with a counselor about a sexual assault please call 508-588-8255