One thing that will be nearly impossible to realize at the time is that THIS IS NOT YOUR FAULT. You are only responsible for your actions, not for the actions of the person who harmed you. Not every person who is assaulted lives through it. You did, and that is what is most important.
Self-Care after an assault
- Get to a safe place
- Do not shower, bathe, douche, wash your hands, brush your teeth, or use the toilet. Don't change or destroy clothing. Don't straighten up. As hard as it may be not to clean up, you may destroy important evidence if you do.
- Get medical attention as soon as possible. After 4 days have passed, evidence will not be collected. Testing for sexually transmitted infections and treatments for unwanted pregnancy may still be available to you.
- Contact a friend or family member you trust or call the Student Wellness Center (580) 581-6725.
- Decide if you want to report to the police. Call 911 and find out the closest hospital the offers sexual assault care. A officer can take you to the hospital as well. Officers and the Medical staff may have difficult questions to answer. You are allowed to request a male or female officer to speak to.