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Does something not feel right?

Did something happen and you aren't sure what to call it? If you feel like something bad happened to you and you are nervous to talk about it, we want you to know it's not your fault, and you have a lot of options:

If you feel you are in danger right now, call 911.

Talk to someone in your life that you trust, like a friend or family member.

It's OK if you want to take some time to think about what you want to do.

If you want to talk to someone about what happened anonymously, you can call the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico hotline at 505-266-7711. We are available to talk 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Are you concerned about pregnancy? Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs)? Maybe you want to talk to a medical provider about a sexual assault exam? You can call SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) for information about receiving an exam and additional services at 505-884-7263. 

If you want the SANE nurse to collect evidence from your body, it is recommended not to bathe, but don't worry if you do. You can also save the clothes you were wearing and bring them to SANE for your exam. At any time during this process, you can request an advocate from the Rape Crisis Center to be with you, just call us at 505-266-7711. An advocate is someone who provides support and resources to someone who is in crisis or in need of help.

If you want to report to police (you don't have to), you can contact them at 242-COPS. You can ask for an advocate from the Rape Crisis Center to be with you during the report as well.

Why You May Feel As If You Have Been Assaulted

Peoples' emotional reactions to a sexual assault vary, but some common responses include

  • Feeling responsible for the assault. Remember, a survivor is never responsible for the assailant's behavior. An assailant or perpetrator is a term used to describe someone who violated the survivor or victim.

  • If you were drinking, and you are underage, what happened is still not your fault.

  • Feeling angry and taking your anger out on loved ones.

  • Feeling ashamed of what has happened to you.

  • Feeling helpless because it seems you lost control of the situation.

  • Wanting to deny that the assault was serious or that it happened at all.

  • Feeling unclean even after bathing.

  • Having difficulty sleeping at night or experiencing nightmares.

  • Inability to resume a comfortable sexual relationship with the person you love.

  • Did something happen and it felt like one or more items on this list?

    Tricked or manipulated?
    Icky or gross?

    Trained volunteers and staff are at the Rape Crisis Center to help you deal with these or any other concerns you may have. Be assured that you are not alone as you work through your experience. Healing from a sexual assault is possible.
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