What should you do if you...
Have been sexually assaulted?
- Go to a safe location.
- Seek medical care as soon as possible. Free forensic medical examinations are available up to 120 hours after the assault.
- If you suspect that you have been drugged, immediately inform medical personnel.
- Decide if you want to report the crime to the police.
- Try to preserve physical evidence. Do not shower, bathe, eat, drink or brush your teeth. Do not wash the clothing you were wearing when you were assaulted. Place the items in a paper bag.
- Speak with a victim advocate. They can provide emotional support, assistance and inform you of your rights and options — whether or not you decide to report the rape.
Are experiencing partner violence?
- If an argument is more than likely going to occur, avoid the bathroom, kitchen, and the bedroom. Instead, have it in a room that has access to an exit.
- Devise a code word that only a friend, neighbor and a family member know in case they need to contact the police.
- Think of ways to increase your financial independence such as saving for a rainy day, or opening a bank account in your name.
- Always have spare change with you at all times for emergency calls.
- Know the location to your nearest local domestic violence shelter.
- If you have to have a conversation with the abuser have it in a public place.
- Save and document all contacts, messages, injuries or incidents involving the abuser.
Are experiencing stalking/harassment?
- Make an assertive statement to leave you alone.
- Be clear and brief.
- Maintain a detailed record of day, date, time and location of each encounter with the stalker.
- Do not engage in a lengthy conversation because you are afraid you may hurt their feelings. Stay firm after an assertive statement.
- Notify the police.
- Avoid being alone as much as possible or let someone know your whereabouts.
- Change your phone number.
- Vary your daily routine drive or take a different mode of transportation to get where you are going.
- Meet with a Victim Advocate to discuss and create a safety plan.
Help is available!
A Victim Advocate is available 24 hours a day. Call the Crisis Helpline at (904) 620-1010.