YWCA Metro St. Louis

What to do if you are sexually assaulted

What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence is any form of unwanted sexual activity or sexual contact. Sexual violence can include rape, sexual assault, incest, child sexual abuse, date and acquaintance rape, drug facilitated sexual assault, martial or partner rape, sexual harassment, sex trafficking, and unwanted release of sexual/nude photos on the internet or social media. 

The first concern is your safety.

  • Are you in a safe place?
  • Can you get to one?
  • Can you contact someone that can help you get to one? Call 911, if necessary.

You can call the YWCA Rape Crisis Line at 314-531-7273 for emergency assistance and questions.

At any point, you should try to find someone you trust to talk about what has happened.

You do not have to go through this alone. 

You can call the YWCA Women's Resource Center at 314-726-6665 and ask to speak to an advocate for questions and assistance.

 

Medical Care if you are sexually assaulted:

Hospital emergency departments can provide a medical exam, the option of an evidence collection kit, emergency prophylactic treatment to help prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. A victim advocate with the YWCA Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) will be called to be at your side to support you through the process and help answer your questions. 

Request a specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) to help perform the medical exam and evidence collection, if you choose to have those completed.  

If the assault happened more than a week ago, consider making an appointment to see your doctor or request information about community resources in your area. Unless you feel you are having a medical emergency.

If you suspect you have been drugged and sexually assaulted, you can request that the hospital perform a urine test to look for drugs that my have been used to facilitate a sexual assault.

 

Reporting to the Police:

It is entirely your choice as you whether or not you want to file a police report. There are no right and wrong decisions. However the YWCA works collaboratively with local and federal law enforcement to provide support services to victims reporting sexual violence.

Although it is common for people to want to shower or bathe after a sexual assault it is not recommended, if you have not already done so, do not bathe or shower or attempt to wash or discard the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault, in order to aid the investigation.

It is important if a sexual assault when the adult victim chooses not to have police contacted.