What to do if you've been sexually assaulted

Get to a safe place, away from your attacker.  Notify the police immediately, especially if your attacker is still nearby.


Call a friend or family member for support.


Get medical attention immediately.  Report to the nearest hospital emergency department.


Do not bathe or douche. Valuable evidence may be washed away.


Save your clothing.  It is all right to change clothes.  However, save what you were wearing.  Place each piece of clothing in a separate paper bag.


Report the incident to the police.  It is up to you, but reporting a sexual assault is not the same as prosecuting a sexual assault.  Prosecution can be determined later.


Talk with a counselor who is trained to assist rape victims.