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Thursday, 13 November 2008

What to Do After a Rape

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* Know that each woman reacts differently to trauma; there are no "rights" and "wrongs."

* Call your local Rape Crisis Center or Victims Rights Group. A volunteer will accompany you to the hospital.

* Your check-up will include evidence collecting, so it's important not to shower before going to the hospital. You may not want to press charges now, but if you change your mind later, it will help your case. You will also receive drugs to prevent pregnancy and STD's.

* The hospital should contact the police, if you request. Remember, reporting the crime does not oblige you to press charges or appear in court. Should you choose to wait, a volunteer will still accompany you to the police. It's OK to contact the police even if much time has passed.

* Go home, bathe, rest and recover will the love, support and acceptance of people who care. Don't keep this to yourself!

* Seek counseling and support for dealing with feelings that may arise weeks, months, or years later.

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