This is what to do if you are sexually assaulted.
FIRST, know that IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT. THERE ARE PEOPLE READY TO HELP.
Your Safety is Top Priority
Get to a safe place.
If you are in danger or need medical care, call 9-1-1. If you need to call a trusted friend or loved one for support and comfort, do so. Both physical safety and emotional safety are important during this time.
You Have Options
Call a sexual assault service provider.
Receive medical attention.
You may not think that receiving medical care is necessary. But by going to the hospital you can receive a forensic medical exam (often referred to as a “rape kit”) which will aid in the collection and preservation of physical evidence as a result of the assault. If possible, you may want to consider contacting a hospital who has a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). A SANE is a registered nurse who has been specifically trained to provide comprehensive care to sexual violence victims. Find a hospital near you with SANEs. Important note: You can consent to a medical examination and the collection of evidence and still withhold consent to release the evidence to the police. You can decide later to file a police report and participate in the prosecution of your assailant.
Call the police.
You may contact the police to file a police report. By filing a police report, you will be creating a formal, legal record of the crime that was committed against you. If the police are called to the scene, you are under no obligation to file a formal report.
Don’t worry about cost.
The cost of a forensic medical exam is covered by the state of Indiana through Crime Victims Compensation. It is against state and federal law for a victim to pay any out-of-pocket costs for a forensic medical exam.