What should I do if I am sexually assaulted?
Being the victim of a sexual assault is extremely traumatizing, but it is important to notify authorities and get help as soon as possible. If you, or a friend, are the victim of sexual assault, do the following:
- Contact police as quickly as possible
- Preserve any evidence
- Seek medical care
Step 1: Contact police
Although sexual assault is traumatic and sometimes embarrassing, do not hesitate to contact the police. As soon as you are safe, call 911 and an officer will be dispatched to your location for assistance immediately. Even if you are unsure if you have been a victim of sexual assault, still contact law enforcement and you will receive any necessary care.
Step 2: Preserve any evidence
The sooner evidence can be gathered the more accurate he investigation will be. If assault occurred recently, do not changes clothes, eat, drink, shower, or clean-up in any way. All of these aspects are important for documentation.
The “Date Rape” Drug
If you suspect you have been slipped a date rape drug, it is especially important to get help fast. Some of these drugs leave the body’s system within hours. Try to avoid urinating until a medical staff can collect a sample.
Step 3: Seek prompt emergency medical care
Sexual assault is a unique crime because the victim’s body is the crime scene, which adds to the trauma of the attack. A timely examination by trained medical professionals is very important