If You Or A Friend Has Been Sexually Assaulted
What to do?
Should you get medical help?
Yes, you should go to the emergency department even if you do not have any visible injuries.
We can provide you with:
- care and treatment options
- medications to prevent pregnancy and sexuallly transmitted infections
- options regarding collection of forensic evidence
- referrals to community partners
Should you report to the police?
It is your choice if you want to report to the police. We encourage you to do what you feel is best for you and your needs - not anyone else's. You may drop the charges against the perpetrator at any time if you feel you do not want to proceed with the charges.
You are NOT responsible for:
- the perpetrator's behavior
- punishing the perpetrator
- any of the perpetrator's future behavior
What do you do if you decide to report to police?
- Save any evidence you can. Do not wash, bath or brush your teeth. Do not change, wash or destroy your clothes. Do not alter the area where the assault occured.
- Call the police or come to the emergency department and we can call the police.
- The police will require a detailed statement about the assault. You can have family or a friend stay with you when you talk to the police.
You are not on trial even though you may feel like it. You are a witness to a violent crime. If the perpetrator is not charged it does not mean the assault did not happen or the perpetrator is not guilty. It just means there was not enough evidence for the court case.