After a sexual assault, you might find yourself at a loss as to what you should do or where you can turn for help. The aftermath of this traumatic event should never be faced alone. While reaching out for help may seem frightening, it is essential to ensure that you get the support you need. Remember, you are not to blame for what happened—and as such, you deserve all the help you can get.
You should take action as soon as possible. Many individuals face immediate danger or severe injury after a rape or sexual assault. In this case, call 911. Do not delay needed medical care or give the perpetrator an opportunity to cause you even greater harm.
Even in situations where your health and safety aren’t at immediate risk, you should report the incident and request help as quickly as you can. Locally (in or near Wayne & Holmes Counties), victims can call OneEighty’s 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at 1-800-686-1122. Also, The National Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). Their team will put you in contact with local victim advocacy groups and help you locate a health care facility where you can receive treatment and care.
Reaching out to a local rape crisis center, such as OneEighty, can also help you deal with the mental and emotional aftermath of a sexual assault. With counselors, support groups, and even temporary housing, these caring professionals can help you find hope and recovery.