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What should I do if I have been raped?

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  • Don't wash or douche. You do not want to wash away any evidence that could be used against your attacker in court.
  • Call the police and tell them what happened. If you are afraid to call the police, call your local rape crisis center.
  • Go to an emergency room. A doctor will make a record of your injuries and treat you. Samples of any fluid left in the vagina or anus (especially semen) will be gathered. They may take other objects, too.

From: Rape and Date Rape WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

GirlsHealth.gov: “What is rape and date rape?”

WomensHealth.gov: “Rape.”

U.S. Department of Justice.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network: “Sexual Assault,” “Reporting to Law Enforcement,” “Laws in Your State,” “About the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 13, 2018

SOURCES:

GirlsHealth.gov: “What is rape and date rape?”

WomensHealth.gov: “Rape.”

U.S. Department of Justice.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network: “Sexual Assault,” “Reporting to Law Enforcement,” “Laws in Your State,” “About the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 13, 2018

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