Sexual Assault: What to do After an Assault

· Get to a safe place and call the police, a friend, family member or SAFE HAVEN of Shawano County at (715) 526-3421 or 1-888-303-3421.

· SAFE HAVEN support services are confidential and free of charge.

· Do not shower, bathe, douche or destroy any of the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault.

· Do not disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred. It is important to preserve all physical evidence for court use. This will leave your options open if you are not sure whether you want to report the assault.

· Go to a hospital emergency room for medical care. Ask the examining doctor or nurse to make a note of all the injuries received as a result of the rape. Make sure you are evaluated for the risks of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

· Call someone to be with you. It’s okay to need support during this time.

· If you do not report to law enforcement immediately, write down all the details of the assault and save them in case you decide to report the assault later.

· If criminal charges are issued against the offender, the district attorney’s office will handle the case. The victim is not responsible for the legal fees.

Safe Haven
PO Box 665, 380 Lakeland Rd.
Shawano, WI 54166
(24 hour Emergency Shelter)

24 Hour Crisis Line

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