If you survived a sexual assault, there are some steps you can take to protect your health. Once you have reached a safe place, such as that of a friend or family member, or a police station, you may consider seeking medical attention. Sexual assault can put you at risk of pregnancy, STIs, and cause physical damage to your body and visiting a hospital or clinic can reduce your risk of STIs and pregnancy and provide you with an opportunity to collect evidence in case you want to report the assault or press charges in the future. Here we cover some of the basics to give you more information on what should be available to you and what you can ask for if you choose to seek medical help.
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- Medical staff will ask you what happened
- Medical staff may supply emergency contraception and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prophylaxes based on your experience.
- You may be given a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).
- A counselor, licensed social worker, or psychologist may come and speak to you about what happened and offer you information about obtaining more long-term services.
- You may be asked if you want to report the assault.
- You may be asked if you want a rape kit evidence collection performed
What is most important is that you have the right to accept or refuse any of these suggestions. In addition if you are examined by someone you are uncomfortable with you have the right to request a change.
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