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:

  1. Seek immediate medical assistance (within 24 hours of the assault) and get counseling as soon as possible.
  2. Preserve physical evidence (such as clothing and bed coverings).
  3. Do not douche, bathe, shower, brush your teeth, wash your hands, eat or drink anything, smoke, or change clothes before seeking medical treatment.
  4. Report the sexual assault to authorities.