First, call our 24-Hour Help Line at 1-866-WE-LISTEN. This is a free and confidential service. We can help you decide what you want to do next.
Making the decision to reach out and tell someone about your experience can be difficult. It can also be empowering. The Center will honor your feelings and decisions about your own healing process.
- Get to a safe place as quickly as possible. If you need immediate help, call 911.
- Know that you did nothing wrong. What happened is not your fault!
- Call us at 1-866-WE LISTEN or 919-967-7273. We can help you figure out what to do next. And we can go with you if you decide to go to the hospital or to the police.
- Consider getting medical attention for injuries, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and pregnancy.
- It is best not to shower or change clothes. If you go to the hospital, medical staff can collect evidence from your body and clothes. However, you can still receive medical care even if you decide not to press charges.
- Get emotional support from family, friends, and the Center. You may want to think about filing a police report. If you want, you can make a blind report. This is when you file a report without giving your name.
- Our Companions can provide ongoing emotional support to sexual violence survivors. We can support you immediately after an assault and also long after an assault.
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