What should I do if I am sexually assaulted?
1. Find a safe environment – anywhere away from the attacker. Ask a trusted friend to stay with you for moral support.
2. Know that what happened was not your fault and that now you should do what is best for you.
3. Report the attack to police by calling 911. If you want more information, a crisis counselor on the Rape Recovery Center Crisis Line (801-467-7273) can help you understand the process.
- To preserve evidence of the attack, don’t bathe or brush your teeth.
- Write down all the details you can recall about the attack and the attacker.
- To preserve forensic evidence, ask the hospital to conduct a rape kit exam. Costs for this exam will be covered by Crime Victim Reparations. You can receive this exam whether you choose to involve the criminal justice system or not.
- If you suspect you have been drugged, ask that a urine sample be collected. The sample will need to be analyzed later on by a forensic lab.
4. If you know that you will never report, there are some things you should still consider:
- Get medical attention. Even with no physical injuries, it is important to determine the risks of STDs and pregnancy.
- Call the Rape Recovery Center Crisis Line (801-467-7273) or the National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-4673) for free, confidential counseling, 24 hours a day.
5. Recognize that healing from rape takes time. Give yourself the time you need.
6. Know that it’s never too late to call. Even if the attack happened years ago, the Rape Recovery Center can still help. Many victims do not realize they need help until months or years later.
What should I do if I am a victim of incest?
First, know that this is not your fault. No one deserves to be abused. Get some help. You do not have to handle this on your own.
- Tell a trusted adult. If you can’t talk to a parent, can you talk to… A teacher? A school counselor? A friend’s parent? Your doctor?A church leader?
- If you do not have any trusted adults in your life, you can also call Child Protective Services (CPS) at the Division of Child and Family Services.
CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES (CPS)…………(801) 538-4100
24-Hour Child Abuse Reporting………… (801) 538-4377
24-Hour Toll Free………………………… (800) 678-9399
- Your local police department can also help you contact CPS.
- Be prepared. Not every adult, even trusted adults, is able to help. You may need to tell more than one person before you find someone who can help.
- If you need help thinking through these options, call the Rape Recovery Center Crisis Line (801-467-7273) at any time, 24 hours a day. (Be aware that mandatory reporting laws apply to crisis line workers, if you disclose personal information.)
- Know that it’s never too late to call. Even if the incest happened years ago, the Rape Recovery Center can still help. Many victims do not realize they need help until months or years later.
Remember that no one deserves to be abused. Help is available.
(Adapted from RAINN.org)