1. Seek Medical Attention
You need to be checked for injury, pregnancy, and STDs. Following an assault, there may be complications you are not immediately aware of and for which a doctor can check.
If you call the Crime Victim Center, a counselor will accompany you to the ER and stay with you during your exam. The sooner you seek medical attention, the better the chances of finding evidence and the stronger the criminal case should you decide to press charges.
Even if you do not think you want to press charges, it is a good idea to have evidence collected by the hospital.
Bring a change of clothes to the ER and try not to shower, change, eat, brush your teeth, smoke, or use the bathroom beforehand. If you must change, put your clothes in a paper bag and take them with you. While it is the hospital’s policy to call the police, it is your decision whether or not you want to talk to them.
For questions about pressing charges, call us at 814-455-9414 or visit the Victims Rights page.
2. Seek Counseling
Sexual assault will not go away the next day. There will be emotions you need to work through, including some conflicting feelings, and a sexual assault counselor can help. All services at the Crime Victim Center are free of charge & a counselor is available 24 hours a day at 814-455-9414 or 1-800-352-7273.
Remember it is not your fault. You have the right to your body and to decide what happens. No matter what you were wearing, how late you were out, how much you were drinking, where you were, if you agreed to have sex with him or her before, how well you know the person, or how much you trusted the person – it was not your fault. If you did not want it to happen, that person should have stopped and respected your wishes. There is not something you “should have” done. If you survived the assault, you did the right thing.