Call 911 if you feel threatened or need immediate help.
If you’ve been sexually assaulted, remember the assault was not your fault. Here are steps to take after a sexual assault:
You can have medical care and treatment even if you decide not to report the assault to the police. You can also choose whether or not to have an exam with a sexual assault examination kit. A sexual assault examination kit includes a physical exam and the collection of specimens after a sexual assault.
Your options for care and reporting are:
There are many resources to help you recover from a sexual assault. Find out about
getting help where you live.
Taking care of yourself is an important part of your recovery. You can do the following things to help take care of yourself:
If you are a victim of sexual abuse or assault and are having trouble coping, you may have post-traumatic stress. Learn about
post-traumatic stress disorder.
If a child tells you that they have been sexually abused or assaulted, stay calm and thank them for telling you. Tell the child that you believe them and that you will do your best to keep them safe. Report the abuse or assault to the local police or a child protective services agency.
Find out more about
sexual abuse and assault in children.
Current as of: June 23, 2020
Author: Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, AHS
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