Consider seeking medical attention.
You can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) to locate a nearby hospital with a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). A SANE nurse is qualified to do a forensic examination and to provide empathetic care to survivors of sexual assault. However, going to the hospital does not mean that you must get a forensic exam. Consider asking someone you trust to either escort you or meet you there. You can and should get medical services even if you have showered or are not sure if what happened to you was rape. We recommend going to the hospital within 72 hours of assault because being assaulted may put you at risk for STIs, HIV, and/or pregnancy, and preventive medications must be started within 72 hours of assault to be effective against HIV. You do not need to report the assault to the police in order to receive medical attention. See our section on Medical Help for more information on what to expect at the hospital.