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What To Do after You're Raped?

Normally, a person's initial feeling after being raped is fear and confusion. You are affected both emotionally and physically. Even with all those mixed up feelings, know that you are not alone. There are people who can help you decide on making the right decisions and will support you in whatever action or move you must make. And to help you out, here are some advice:

  • Your safety comes first!

Can you consider where you are at the moment as safe? If not, consider reaching out to people to whom you feel safe with - it could be a family member, a relative or a friend. Someone to whom you trust for support.

  • Get medical care the soonest possible
Even if you are not sure of reporting the crime to the police, it is still advisable to get medical support as soon as possible after the rape happened. Get your injuries treated if there are any and most of all obtain a rape exam.

Sexually transmitted disease testing is often offered, however due to the recent event, many infections will not show positive on a test even if you have been infected. It is recommended to test 2 weeks after the attack. You can find clinics by contacting the CDC for testing.
  • Preserve all physical evidence of the assault
If possible, do not bath, eat, drink or wash anything until after getting a medical examination. Place them in a separate paper bag. And if you can, do not clean the area of the assault.
  • Report the incident to the Police
It might be hard to talk and retell what happened but if you can, it is recommended that you report it to the police. Rape is a sexual offense that the police takes very seriously. It is better if you report the assault immediately after the incident or a few days later to increase the chances of the police getting evidence effectively.
  • Talk to a counsellor
Counselling can help you cope up with the physical and most especially emotional impacts of the assault.
  • What happened was not your fault
The assault is something that happened to you that never in your life you wanted to happen and that is not okay. But always remember that it wasn't your life and will never be. But all these are just advices because you might not remember any of these when it happens, which we hope would never happen. One thing is for sure, get help immediately! That is the fastest way.