Decide if you may want or need legal protection from the perpetrator.
You may, for example, have been assaulted by an intimate partner, or are being taunted or stalked by the person who assaulted you. If you feel unsafe in the presence of the perpetrator, you can consider seeking a restraining order. Different states have different rules regarding what kinds of relationships are eligible for a restraining order—Massachusetts, for example, includes stalking from a non-intimate partner in its eligibility criteria. Local rape crisis centers may be able to provide advice and an advocate to assist you with filing for a restraining order, and many schools have victim's advocates that can assist you in obtaining a protection order.