For your mental and physical health, you must follow these steps
The steps are essential to know just in case the worst case happens to you. Your safety should be your priority. First, find a place that is safe – be it a car, your home or a hospital. Call someone to come with you for moral support, if you can. Remember that what just happened to you is not your fault and you should not go through it alone.
Here are some other steps that you should consider:
- Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE will give you detailed information on what to do if you are a victim of rape. This hotline is open 24 hours a day.
- Do not wash, change clothes, use the restroom, or brush your teeth until you have a chance to be examined and evidence collected.
- Medical attention will ensure that you are physically all right and medical personnel will assess the risk for any sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy.
- Report the rape once your safety is assured and you have received medical attention. Write down all the details of the rape. Remembering details is important, but it is also difficult.
Writing and remembering the assault may be the last thing you want to do. Who wants to live the attack over again, plus you are probably not in the frame of mind to write down anything. What you remember, however, will help catch your attacker.