Immediate Help

What If I Experience Sexual Violence?

  • Immediately following a sexual assault, take whatever steps you can to ensure your safety. You may want to call our crisis and support line 1-800-871-7741. This number will connect you with an advocate from your local sexual assault support center who is available to listen to you and offer support and information to help you decide what to do next.
  • If you can, call someone you trust, like a good friend or family member.
  • If you have not already done so, do not wash, bathe, go to the bathroom, change your clothes, smoke, or eat or drink anything. Evidence can be collected from your body should you decide to have a forensic exam (also known as a rape kit), which may be able to be used in court if you decide to report the crime to police.
  • Even if you’ve done any of the previously mentioned activities, we recommend seeking medical attention for injuries and possible STIs and prevention of pregnancy, as soon as possible.
  • A sexual assault advocate from your local sexual assault support center will be available to accompany you to the emergency department or any other medical provider should you decide to seek medical attention or have evidence collected.
  • You can receive healthcare services and have evidence collected at the emergency department without being required to report to police.
  • Evidence can be collected at no cost to you.
  • Once you have your medical exam and the evidence has been collected, your kit will be kept by local law enforcement for a minimum of 90 days while you decide if you want to report the crime to the police.

Do not blame yourself.
Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault.

For more information on sexual assault service providers, please go to our Member Centers page.

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