If you have been sexually assaulted, remember:
It was not your fault.
You are not alone.
You deserve support.
You have rights.
Your rights include…
- To be treated with respect, dignity and courtesy.
- To file a police report and receive services regardless of your relationship to the assailant.
- To not be judged because of your race, age, class, gender, sexual orientation or occupation.
- To have a sexual assault advocate come with you to medical care, police and legal proceedings.
- To privacy when meeting with a counselor or police officer.
- To confidentiality when speaking with a counselor or advocate.
- To understand any forms you are asked to sign.
- To as questions and get answers about any tests, exams, medications or treatments.
- To be told about any necessary follow-up care and testing.
- To voice complaints and expect to have them heard.
Sexual assault is a painful and traumatic experience. After an assault, survivors may feel shame, guilt, anger, unable to trust others, confusion, depression, fear, and isolation. Healing takes time. Give yourself the time you need. And, know that it’s never too late to call for support. Even if the attack happened years ago. Many survivors do not realize they need help until months or even years later.