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What You Should Know if You Have Been Sexually Assaulted/Raped

If you have been sexually assaulted, it is not your fault regardless of what you were wearing, if you were drinking, or if you didn't fight back. It is always the perpetrator's fault.

You have options on how to handle your assault in terms of police reporting, attaining medical care and finding support.

If the rape happened recently:

For a recent sexual assault, a CASA Crisis Line Advocate can help you understand what your options are and assist you with information. An advocate can assist you with this entire process. You are in control of what steps to take and deciding what might be useful to you.

The CASA Advocate can help you talk through your options. You may decide to do nothing but talk to a peer advocate. For someone who wants to report their sexual assault, we can help contact the police, so that they can take your statement. At that time, the police will refer you to The Sacred Heart ER where a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) can collect evidence through a rape kit. Evidence collection needs to be performed within 72 hours to find usable evidence; you can elect to receive the morning after pill and STD treatment if you are concerned about pregnancy or disease. An advocate from CASA can assist you through this process by accompanying you to the hospital and/or police station. Even if you choose not to report, we strongly encourage seeking medical attention to address issues of unwanted pregnancy and potential physical injuries.

If you are unsure as to what you should do, find someone you trust to talk with: a friend, CASA's Crisis Line, an RA, anyone you trust. You don't have to go through this alone.

If the rape happened sometime in the past:

For sexual abuse that occurred in the past, CASA can provide support for healing through the Crisis Line, one-on-one counseling with the CASA Victim Services Coordinator, and Sexual Assault Survivor's Group. We provide these services whether the sexual assault happened as a child, teenager, or as an adult.

Remember, we are here to support you. You don't have to deal with this alone.

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