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What if I am sexually assaulted or raped?

Find a safe place and call a person you trust. It can be a good friend or family member.

You can call our hotline at 1-877-871-7741. A trained person will listen and can you figure out what to do next.

If you have not already done it, do not wash, bathe, go to the bathroom, change your clothes, smoke, eat or drink anything. Information can be collected from your body if you have a forensic exam (also known as a rape kit). Even if you’ve done any of these things, it is still a good idea to get medical attention for injuries, STIs, and pregnancy prevention. Go as soon as you can.

If you decide to get a forensic exam, it might be used if you decide to report the crime to the police. You do not have to pay for the forensic exam if you want to have it. A trained person from your local sexual assault support center can go with you to the ER or other medical services if you want support.

The information from your body, clothes, and things will be kept for 90 days. It may be kept for longer. In this time, you can think if you want to tell the police about the assault. 

You can still get help from a doctor or nurse even if you don’t tell 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.

Other Resources

Victims’ Compensation
The Victims’ Compensation Program gives financial reimbursement for losses for victims of violent crime and their families. Click here for more information.

Victim Notification
The Victim Notification Law applies to Class A, B, or C crimes. A victim who wishes to receive notification MUST file a request with the office of the prosecuting attorney. A victim’s request is kept confidential. A victim will be notified PRIOR to work release, furlough, or release from confinement. Click here for more information.

Victims’ Rights
Victims have certain rights under Maine law. Click here for more information.


The above language was developed thanks to a STOP grant we received.  This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-DJ-BX-1067 awarded by the Maine Dept. of Public Safety. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views, position or policies of the Maine Department of Public Safety.”