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Sexual assault is any type of unwanted sex or sexual touching. 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 it’s their fault. Remember: The assault was not your fault.
It’s normal to feel sad or afraid, and these feelings may stop you from getting 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 blood tests 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 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/health/pages/conditions.aspx?Hwid=custom.ab_sexualassault_ac_adult.
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information, call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: October 27, 2023
Author: Sexual and Reproductive Health, Alberta Health Services
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