The next step after sexual assault

Published 1:35 pm Wednesday, August 15, 2018

After a sexual assault you may be unsure what to do next. It is important for you to feel safe and secure. Your safety and health are priorities.

Call 911 for assistance or go directly to an emergency medical facility. Ask to have a rape crisis counselor meet you.

It is important that you seek medical attention to check for sexually transmitted diseases, internal physical injuries or pregnancy. This should be done whether or not you plan to file a criminal complaint against your attacker — it is for your health.

In spite of the fact that you feel like bathing, don’t clean up before going to the doctor. Preserve all physical evidence. Do not shower, bathe or douche. Save the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault. Do not disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred.

If you would like the emotional support of a friend or relative, it’s okay to call someone. The rape crisis counselor can help your friend or family member understand what is happening too.

Seek the counseling and information of the Hyde County Hotline. The aftermath of the assault can be a difficult readjustment and grieving period for you and your family and friends.

Hotline can help with information; referrals for therapy or other needed services, accompaniment through the court proceedings, and support during the healing process.

Following a sexual assault, a rape crisis counselor provides:

  • Response to medical or law enforcement facilities to provide emotional support and information for the victim;
  • Referral for appropriate counseling and victim services;
  • Support and advocacy as the sexual assault survivor makes decisions regarding options available through the court.

Warmth can be found in the support of friends, family and caring professionals. It is not your fault! Do not remain a silent victim.

For information or assistance, call our 24-hour crisis line: 1-252-925-2500.

Hyde County Hotline, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization in Hyde County dedicated to promoting dignity, respect and safety at home resulting in safer communities.