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Steps You Can Take After An Assault.

It's hard to know what to do, what to think or what to feel.

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After An Assault
Sexual assault is a traumatic event that causes many short and long term consequences. It is very common to experience a mixture of feelings such as anger, doubt, disgust, shame, fear, sadness, confusion, among many others. Know that you are not alone.

Some Things To Consider:


Your safety is very important. Are you in a safe place? Consider your surroundings and if you don't feel like you are in a safe place, ask someone you trust for help. If you are in imminent danger or need medical attention, call 911.

It's not your fault. The only person responsible for the assault is the person who committed the assault.

Call the Linea Primera Conexión at 509-795-2028. This is a confidential and free helpline. When you call, an advocate will provide you with information about your rights, help you navigate your options, and answer your questions.

Seek medical help. You have the right to receive emergency medical help regardless of your ability to pay. You also have the right to receive a forensic examination in which a nurse trained to deal with sexual assault victims (SANE Nurse) collects DNA evidence that could identify the perpetrator. This test is optional but can help your case if you decide to report the crime. You also have the right to receive emergency contraception and prophylactic treatment to prevent venereal diseases, especially HIV. As a crime victim, all of these medical treatments can be covered under the state's victim compensation program. You can find more information here.

Report the assault. The decision to report the assault to the authorities is in your hands, except when you are under 18 years of age. To report the crime, you can call 911 or Crime Check at 509-456-2233 available 24/7. If you don't speak English, ask for an interpreter. They will usually take your details and then send a police officer to get your statement of what happened. During the interview with the officer, you have the right to ask them to have an advocate or support person accompany you.

Self-care. After trauma, it is important to keep your body healthy and strong. Try to maintain your routine, maintain your diet, take time to sleep and rest. Also, emotional and mental health is very important. Consider mental health therapy. Do things that fun you, journal your thoughts, surround yourself with people who love you, practice meditation techniques. These are just some ideas that can help you, but everyone is different. Do what works for you, what helps you feel healthy and safe.

The Línea Primera Conexión is always free with your help. Make a donation here.

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