What should I do if I am sexually assaulted?
Whatever choices a survivor makes for reporting an incident, it is important that he or she take the following actions, which will significantly aid in the successful criminal prosecution of the responsible party:
- Seek immediate medical assistance (within 24 hours of the assault) and get counseling as soon as possible.
- Preserve physical evidence (such as clothing and bed coverings).
- Do not douche, bathe, shower, brush your teeth, wash your hands, eat or drink anything, smoke, or change clothes before seeking medical treatment.
- Report the sexual assault to authorities.