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If You Have Been Raped:


  • Once you are in a safe place, please consider going directly to the hospital even if you have no injuries. They will offer a FREE exam that includes collecting physical evidence that is helpful if you decide to press charges. If you do not go to the hospital immediately, you can still get an exam up to 5 days after the assualt occured. A HAVEN advocate can accompany you.

  • Do Not change the clothes you were wearing during the assualt (if you have, put them in a paper bag and bring them with you). It is suggested that you do not bathe, brush your teeth, or wash away and physical evidence.

  • Remember the hospital is required to call the police when a rape is reported but you are NOT required to talk to them. You can take some time to think about whether you would like to press charges. An advocate can help you weigh your options.

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