What should I do in case of sexual assault?
1. Find a safe environment away from the attacker. Ask a trusted friend or family member 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.
- To preserve evidence of the attack, don't bathe or brush your teeth.
- Write down all the details you can remember about the attack and the attacker.
- Get medical attention.
- To preserve forensic evidence, ask the hospital to conduct a rape kit exam.
- If you suspect you may have been drugged, ask that a urine sample be collected.
Seek extra help:
- National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TDD)
- National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
- More National Centers
Texas sexual assault resources:
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4. If you know that you will never report, there are some things you should still consider:
- Get medical attention even if you have no apparent physical injuries. STDs and pregnancy are a factor to consider.
- Call any Sexual Assault Hotline for help.
5. Recognize that healing from rape takes time, make sure to allow yourself the time you need to heal.
6. Know that it's never too late to call, even if the attack happened a long time ago.
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Domestic Violence checklist?
- When an argument occurs, go to a safe place with easy exit. Avoid rooms with no exits (i.e. bathroom), or rooms with possible weapons (kitchens, garages).
- Make a list of people that can keep you safe.
- Keep money on you at all times.
- Memorize all important numbers - phone, etc.
- Tell your friends and family of a "code word" you will use in case you call for help.
- Think about what you will say to your partner if violence errupts.
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How often does sexual assault occur?
In 2007, there were 248,300 victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault (these figures do not include victims 12 years old or younger.)
That comes out to 1 sexual assault every 127 seconds, or about 1 every 2 minutes.