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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 sexual acts as a weapon.
Many people who are assaulted believe that it’s their fault it happened. It’s important to remember that the assault wasn’t your fault. It’s normal to feel sad or afraid, and these feelings may stop you from wanting to get help. You can get support 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 healthcare provider, or call Health Link.
To see this information online and learn more, visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca/Alberta/Pages/sexual-assault-your-care-instructions.aspx.
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information, call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: June 26, 2020
Author: Sexual and Reproductive Health, Alberta Health Services
Care instructions may be adapted by your healthcare provider. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, talk with your doctor or appropriate healthcare provider.