Sexual Assault Emergency?
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Step-by-step guide for survivors of rape.Get to safety. Touch 911 to call first responders before doing *anything* & that includes going to the washroom--call 911 -- you don't have to speak to police but you need medical help.
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- Take a deep breath and exhale slowly. Calm yourself. Go to a safe place if you are able. Somebody is here for you: WhatsApp or Text (+1)6477399279
- Preserve all physical evidence of the sexual assault. Do not shower, bathe, douche, eat, drink, wash your hands, or brush your teeth until you have had a medical examination. Save all clothing you wore at the time of the sexual assault.
- Unless police did this, you or a helper should preserve the rape crime scene if you can, placing clothing items in separate paper bags. Don't use plastic bags. Do not disturb anything in the area where the sexual assault occurred.
- Get medical care ASAP. Go to a hospital emergency room or a specialized rape clinic providing care for rape survivors. You may believe you have no physical injuries, but you should have a medical examination and discuss the exposure risk to sexually transmitted infections and the possibility of pregnancy resulting from the sexual assault. Having a medical exam can also preserve forensic evidence.
- If you suspect that you may have been given a "rape drug," ask the hospital or clinic where you receive medical care to take a urine sample. Drugs, such as Rohypnol & GHB, are more likely to be detected in urine than in blood.
- ASAP write down what you can remember about the circumstances of the sexual assault, including a description of the sexualy violent assailant.
- After a sexual assault you have a lot of choices & decisions to make - e.g.: about getting medical care, talking to police & telling friends or family. Call the nearest rape crisis center, the HelpLine, or other agencies.
- Visit whatsapp.com/dl on your mobile phone to install Whatsapp Fast & Free.
- Engage a rape crisis counselor. Counseling helps you learn to cope with emotional & physical impacts of sexual assault.
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