What To Do If You've Been Assaulted
FIND SAFETY AND SUPPORT
Call 911 and ask for help and secure your safety.
Remove yourself from the situation immediately by going to a secure public place.
Tell the first person you see what happened, as they can serve as a first contact witness.
Call a loved one to come and support you.
Call For HELP
Call 911 or Call National Numbers
National Domestic Violence Hotline
online chat available or 1-800-799-7233
online chat available or 1-800-656-4673
text loveis to 22522 or 1-866-331-9474
Each hotline will connect you with information for your local community on how to report the crime if you choose to do so, where to get medical help, and on local victim services. The national hotlines have trained support people to talk you through the process.
GET MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
Make sure any physical injuries are treated. Avoid cleaning the body or clothes after an assault so criminal evidence can be collected. If you decide to report the crime, investigators will have a better chance of identifying your attacker and successfully prosecuting them if they have DNA evidence. In the case of rape, you will be given a rape kit. This evidence can also help in identifying sexually transmitted diseases for which you may need treatment. It may also be important to use emergency contraceptives to prevent a pregnancy.
REMEMBER THIS IS NOT YOUR FAULT- IT IS A CRIMINAL ACTION
The most common and protective reaction is to freeze in the face of assault. People cannot move or defend themselves, it’s a survival response. No matter what the circumstances, no one has the right to assault you.
When you are ready, see our FAST page: First Aid for Stress & Trauma.