I’ve Been Raped

If you have been raped…

It is not your fault. You may feel as if you were in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong person, but what happened to you is not your fault. You did not choose to be raped, the person(s) who raped you made that choice for both of you.

If you have been raped in the past 72 hours…

  • Get to a safe place as soon as possible.
  • Get medical attention from the emergency room, Health Department, or your personal doctor as soon as possible.
  • Get tested for sexually transmitted infections (including HIV/AIDS).
  • Call 1-866-942-7762 or see a local medical professional to get emergency contraceptive pills to prevent an unwanted pregnancy.
  • Have an evidence collection kit performed locally at Cleveland Regional Medical Center (or other hospital emergency room) within 48 hours of the assault to collect all available evidence (most evidence will be gone after 48-72 hours). An APC advocate can meet you there.
  • Report the assault to the police immediately so they can begin looking for the suspect(s) and collecting evidence.
  • Call a friend or family member for emotional support.
  • Contact the APC 24-hour Crisis Hotline at 704-481-0043 to request a trained advocate to accompany you during medical and legal procedures.

DON’T… Bathe, douche, urinate, change clothes, eat, drink, or apply medication to yourself prior to seeking medical treatment or having your evidence collected. These things destroy evidence that the attacker may have left behind.

DON’T… Disturb or clean up anything in the area that the assault occurred. This is a crime scene and there may be evidence that can be collected. 

DON’T… Skip seeking medical treatment because there are no visible injuries. It is important to be tested for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy as well as to be treated for possible internal injuries.

DON’T… Act like the assault did not occur. It is important for you to recognize that any non-consensual violation of your body is not okay and you have a right to pursue action against your attacker(s).

If it has been longer than 72 Hours…

  • Tell someone about the assault (friend, police, crisis hotline, etc). Keeping the secret will only protect your attacker(s) and may be emotionally harmful to you.
  •  Ask an advocate at APC for options regarding safety, prosecution, financial compensation, medical treatment, counseling, etc.
  •  Seek counseling to cope with feelings that may arise after the assault
  • Do not blame yourself for the assault.
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