Sexual assault is any type of sex or sexual touching that's unwanted. A sexual assault may include force, physical force, threats, or intimidation. Sexual assault is an act of violence that uses sex as a weapon.
Many people who are assaulted believe that it’s their fault it happened; sometimes others may support that feeling. It’s important to know that even if you feel it was, the assault
wasn’t your fault. It’s normal to feel sad or afraid. Remember, assaults can also hurt you emotionally. The feelings you may be having might stop you from getting help. You can get help from experts in sexual assault care who understand these concerns.
Follow-up care is an important part of your treatment and safety. Your healthcare provider may have asked you to come to a follow-up appointment or have bloodwork done. It’s important to go to these appointments. Make sure to call your healthcare provider if you’re having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicine you take.
Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicine for you. It’s important to take all medicine as prescribed.
If you have questions or concerns or feel that you need to speak with someone, please call a sexual assault centre, speak with your doctor, or call Health Link.
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information, call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: February 19, 2016
Author: Sexual and Reproductive Health, Alberta Health Services