All services to sexual assault victims are confidential (except physicians and hospital personnel are required by law to report rapes to the police). It is the victim's choice, however, whether or not to talk to police.
If you have been raped, you may be feeling:
- a variety of strong emotions-fear, anxiety, depression, guilt, disorientation, powerlessness, shame, shock, disbelief, embarrassment, denial, anger;
- a number of physical problems-sleep disturbances, nausea, stomach problems, change in eating habits, nightmares;
- confused and alone, wondering how and if you should tell your family and friends;
- that, even though the rape occurred a while ago, you would like to talk to someone about what happened. There are support services available to you.
- Get to a safe place as soon as you can.
- Try to preserve all physical evidence. Do not bathe, douche, use the toilet or change clothing.
- Contact the police.
- Get medical attention as soon as possible.
- Contact a close friend who can be with you until you feel safe again. Your friend can also accompany you to the medical exam and/or police department.
It is important to seek medical attention immediately after and as a follow-up to sexual assault to determine the presence of physical injury, sexually transmissible diseases or pregnancy, and to obtain evidence to assist in criminal prosecution.
It is important that this special exam be performed within 72 hours of the rape.
Moraine Center Room 116
24 Hours a day
Indiana University Northwest
*Tri-City Community Mental Health Center Inc.
3901 Indianapolis Blvd.
East Chicago, IN
*Gary Community Mental Health Center Inc.
Rape Support Group
1100 West 6th Ave.
*Southlake Center for Mental Health
855 Taft St.
(219) 769-4005 (emergency hotline)
*Satellite offices available in other communities