What to do if YOU or SOMEONE YOU KNOW is sexually assaulted:
What to do if YOU are sexually assaulted:
- Go to a safe place, and get help quickly.
- Get medical attention immediately.
- Don’t bathe or douche.
- Don’t disturb the physical surrounding in which the rape took place.
- Report the incident to the police.
As a victim of sexual assault you have the right to:
- Obtain a forensic exam whether or not you report to law enforcement.
- Have an advocate at the forensic exam with you
- Have the forensic exam sent for testing within 30 days, if reported to law enforcement
- Review the law enforcement report prior to final submission
- Be informed, present, and be heard at all crucial stages of the crinimal or juvenile proceeding
- Have an advocate with you during a discovery deposition
- Have identifying information about the criminal investigation be kept confidential
- Have the offender, if charged, tested for HIV and hepatitis
- Attend sentencing or disposition of the offender
- Notification of judicial proceedings and scheduling changes
- Be notified about the release of the incarcerated offender
- Give a victim impact statement
- Take up to 3 days of leave from work (with eligible employer)
- 应用 for an injunction if you fear for your safety or offender is nearing release
What to do if SOMEONE YOU KNOW is sexually assaulted:
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- Start by believing, do not judge them.
- Give comfort; listen to what they have to say, and provide reassurance and support.
- Encourage (but do not force) action – having a medical exam, reporting the crime, seeking counseling & advocacy, etc.
- Don’t let your feelings get in the way of helping the victim.
Alachua County Rape Crisis Center (confidential)
UFPD Office of 受害者服务 (confidential)