Talk to someone.
Sexual assault can be very scary and disorienting, and it can be very difficult to do things like go to the hospital or police alone. Telling someone you trust about however much you feel comfortable sharing allows this person to assist you in helping yourself and to better understand why you may be feeling or acting a certain way. Do not share more than you feel comfortable- it is your experience and trauma to share or not share. You may or may not want to tell your parent or guardian—some students have guardians who they feel would be supportive, and others may be afraid of being blamed for somehow not “stopping” the assault from happening. Remember that what happened to you was not your fault—if you tell someone and s/he is not supportive or empathetic, this is probably due to his/her lack of understanding of sexual assault and is not a reflection of the validity of your experience. If your parent/guardians feel unsure of how to support you, you can refer them to our Help for Parents resources