There are people who understand your feelings and can help you through the physical and emotional impact of this crime. Remember, you are a survivor.
Actions taken by a victim after she has been raped are very important. Though it may be difficult, it is always better to report a rape than to keep it to yourself. Immediate and successful prosecution may stop the rapist from assaulting someone in the future.
After a rape has occurred
- Go somewhere you feel safe
- Call the police
- Tell someone you can trust
- Do not bathe, douche, rinse your mouth, brush your teeth, change your clothes or clean up the area
- Go to your local emergency room and request that a rape evidence collection kit be completed
- Do not use any medication
- Seek immediate medical attention for treatment of injuries and tests for diseases and pregnancy (have these tests whether or not you intend to prosecute)
Often the only witness in a rape case is the victim, so it is important for you to remember as much as you can about the assailant. Important information needed by the police includes:
- Race of assailant
- Approximate age, weight and height
- Color and length of hair
- Color of eyes
- Any scars or tattoos
- License plate number, car make and color
It is a crime to follow someone around or repeatedly commit acts, including making telephone calls, which place another person in fear of physical injury or death. Such acts are called stalking and if anything like this is happening to you, call the police.