- Know that it wasn't your fault and you're not to blame.
- Understand that forced sex is never acceptable; it is against the law.
- It is always your right to say "no," and unless you specifically said "yes," you did not give consent.
- You can report sexual assault to law enforcement, even if you knew the perpetrator. You may be able to receive an order for protection to keep the perpetrator away from you.
- You deserve medical attention to make sure you are safe from internal injuries, sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy. Your medical provider may also be able to gather evidence in case you want to report the crime.
- If you believe you may have been drugged, you can discuss with your hospital provider having a urine test within the first three days to detect the presence of a date rape drug.
- Free supportive services are available in your community. You can talk to counselors in person or on a hotline, join a support group, get information or get help handling problems that are happening in your life because of the attack.
- Know that you don't have to go through it alone. There are understanding people who will believe you and will support you as you recover. They can also help your family and friends understand what you are going through.
No one asks or deserves to be raped! If it is against your will or consent, it is against the law and it's not your fault!
For more information, contact your local rape crisis center or call the Information Line: 1-888-956-RAPE