Get to a SAFE Place.

It's important that you immediately find a safe place away from the perpetrator.
This is also not a good time to be alone. Call a person you trust to be with you for support.

Call the Rape Helpline.

Call the Helpline at 443-279-0379. You will speak to a trained worker who will make sure that you are in a safe place and help you with emergency assistance.

The Helpline can also:

  • Provide an advocate to meet you at the hospital and arrange for follow-up support.
  • Sort through your options to determine what is best for you. Whether it's reporting the assault to police, or having evidence from the assault collected and stored.
  • Provide information and resources to help you make a plan.
  • Listen to you, provide support and feedback.

It's important for you to remember the Helpline is here to provide support, resources and information only. All choices and decisions are up to you.

Preserve evidence of the assault.

By not showering or bathing, as well as brushing your teeth, smoking or eating, you preserve evidence. You can also write down all that you can remember about the assault and the perpetrator to help you when talking with the police.

Seek medical attention.

Whether or not you have cuts, bruises or broken bones, it is important that you seek medical attention immediately at a hospital with a SAFE program, such as Mercy Medical Center.

SAFE stands for Sexual Assault Forensic Exam. It is a free exam performed by a trained nurse to collect evidence from a sexual assault or rape. The exam can be performed whether you decide to involve the police or not.

Report the assault to police.

Talking about your sexual assault or rape with the police is difficult, but it is important that you report. The police will ask you questions, some of which may be difficult to answer, but you should try to answer them fully and honestly. Remember, it doesn't matter what you were doing, wearing, drinking or where you were; sexual assault or rape is never your fault.

Be patient with yourself.

Healing from an assault will take time. The Helpline will be able to provide you with the information and resources you need to not only address your immediate needs, but also on how you can begin to heal.

Sexual assault is any sexual contact that you do not agree to, which may include:

  • Inappropriate touching of intimate areas
  • Vaginal sex/rape
  • Anal or oral sex
  • Attempted rape, other attempted sex acts or attempted inappropriate touching

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