|If You Are Assaulted|
Remember: You are not to blame for the sexual assault. You can survive a violating experience. Anything you do to survive is okay.
No one chooses to be assaulted, but if it happens you have options. You can:
If You Plan to Report this Crime to the Police:
It is best not to bathe or change clothes, however, that is your decision. Important evidence may be on your body and/or clothes. This can be collected during the medical examination and useful to the police should you decide to press charges. You can have a Rape Crisis Center Advocate present during the report at the police station, SANE unit, hospital, or RCCCNM office.
What You May Feel If You Have Been Assaulted
People's emotional reactions to a sexual assault vary, but some common responses include:
Trained volunteers and staff are at the Rape Crisis Center to help you deal with these or any other concerns that you may have. Be assured that you are not alone as you work through your experience.