What Should I Do Immediately After A Sexual Assault Or Rape?

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What Should I Do Immediately After A Sexual Assault Or Rape?

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Uzoamaka Nwaokike 11 months 1 Answer 114 views Return Member 1

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  1. If you’ve been sexually assaulted, there are services that can help. You don’t have to report the assault to police if you don’t want to.

    You may need time to think about what has happened to you. However, consider getting medical help as soon as possible, because you may be at risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

    If you want the crime to be investigated, the sooner a forensic medical examination takes place, the better.

    Try not to wash or change your clothes immediately after a sexual assault. This may destroy forensic evidence that could be important if you decide to report the assault to the police.

    Where you go for help will depend on what’s available in your area and what you want to do.

    For specialist medical attention and sexual violence support, whether you decide to have a forensic medical examination or not, your first point of call is a sexual assault referral centre (SARC).

    The following services will also provide treatment or support, and can refer you to another service if you need more specialist help (such as a SARC):

    • a doctor or practice nurse at your GP surgery
    • a voluntary organisation
    • the free, 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline
    • the Rape Crisis national freephone helpline
    • a hospital accident and emergency (A&E) department
    • a genitourinary medicine (GUM) or sexual health clinic
    • a contraceptive clinic
    • a young people’s service
    • the police,
    • dial your country or state emergency contact
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