reporting a sexual assault
It can take a lot of courage to report a sexual assault, and many may not know where to start or who to turn to. Advocates at the ywca can help victims navigate the emotional, physical and legal storm that can brew after an assault. We want you to know that you do not have to be alone through this process and we are here to understand and believe. An advocate can help you go over your options and even accompany you to the hospital for a sexual assault exam or the police station to file a report.
Deciding if and when to report a sexual assault is a very difficult and important decision. While some may not understand why one would choose not to report, many victims tell us they did not report out of fear; fear that their loved ones would judge them, fear that their peers would turn against them, fear that the authorities would not believe them, and fear that the community would ostracize them. These are just a few of the many fears victims have shared with us. However, by reporting to someone you trust, one can also find support, love and acceptance and become true survivors.
The hospital can be an important part of sexual assault recovery. Not only can they perform a sexual assault exam to help bring your assailant to justice, they can also screen for sexually transmitted diseases, test for drugging agents and provide options for aftercare such as Plan B. For more information on what you need to know about sexual assault exams click here.