Help with Rape and Sexual Violence

Sexual Violence and Rape Support

No one asks for it.
Even if someone is dressed a certain way, does not say anything or does not fight back for whatever reason, that does not make sexual violence OK.

 

What is sexual violence or assault?

Sexual violence or assault is any type of unwanted sexual contact and includes any unwanted touching, harassment, public masturbation, invading privacy, rape, sex slavery and family or child sexual abuse.

There really are caring people who would believe you, support you and provide free confidential help through it all.


 

Reporting Rape

To report a rape or attempted rape, you can visit your nearest police station, college campus police, hospital emergency department or special rape survivor health clinic as soon as possible. Call 911 if you are in danger. Call (800) – 656 – 4673 to get help finding a special rape survivor health clinic near you.

If you go to a hospital or health clinic, a trained counselor with be there to listen and help you. Then you’ll get treated for any STDs, injuries, pregnancy or drugs you were given by your attacker.

You have the right to decide if you want a health care provider to do a rape kit exam and get evidence from your body or clothes that can help police catch the person who attacked you.


 

Reporting Harassment at Work

To report harassment at work, you can explain the situation to your Human Resources department so that your employer or boss can look into it and work with you to solve the problem.


 

Reporting Public Masturbation

To report any improper sexual behavior or public masturbation, you can tell a nearby police officer. If it is an emergency, call 911.


 

Reporting Sex Slavery and Trafficking

To report human trafficking, call (888) – 373 – 7888 to reach a specialist anytime 24/7. They don’t have to know who you are, reports are confidential and interpreters are available. You can also submit a tip online.


 

Reporting Child Abuse

To report child abuse or neglect, call your state agency and they will look into the situation as soon as possible. They don’t have to know who you are.

To report missing children, child pornography or any sexual crimes against children, call (800) – THE – LOST (843-5678). You can also submit a tip online.

To learn more about child abuse, speak with a counselor for support, find more resources near you, or are concerned about a child possibly being abused, call (800) – 422 – 4453 for 24/7 help.


 

How do I get help for myself, a friend or a loved one?

Call (800) – 656 – 4673 for 24/7 caring help and support no matter the situation.

If you are an American living abroad, find the nearest Embassy or Consulate.

Guides: Safety Planning, Staying Safe on Campus, Reporting to Law Enforcement, What is a Rape Kit, Receiving Medical Attention, Sexually Transmitted Infections– STIs and STDs, Self-Care After Trauma, How Can Therapy Help? and Abuse Information (in 110 Languages)

Support groups: RAINN, National Sexual Violence Resource Center, International abuse agencies and Safe Horizon (New York City).

 

Talk to your doctor or health care provider for more information.

If you don’t have a doctor or insurance, you can get help at a health center near you.

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Call (800) – 273 – 8255 for 24/7 caring help dealing with difficult emotions, hopelessness and giving up.

Call (800) – 656 – 4673 for 24/7 caring support with sexual violence and help finding resources near you.

 

 

Source:

Reporting to Law Enforcement. Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network web site. http://bit.ly/1iOPxEH. Accessed April 08, 2016.

 

Page last reviewed: April 24, 2017
Page last updated: April 24, 2017

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