Four quick steps to be taken directly after experiencing a sexual assault.
- Try and remain calm. If you can get yourself to a hospital, go IMMEDIATELY. If not call emergency services or a close friend or relative and get to emergency care as soon as possible to assess your injuries and prevent sexually transmitted diseases. DO NOT THINK, JUST DO!
- Once you have been cared for and all injuries and tests have been completed, find someone close to you, a friend or family member to remain with you for the next few days, whether you stay in hospital or go home, have someone by your side at all times who can assist you with anything you may need.
- Rest! The days following a trauma can be very exhausting and painful. This is not a time for you to be doing anything but recovering and healing. Try take as much time as you need before making any big decisions, you are not thinking correctly directly after a trauma, gather your thoughts and breathe.
- Get psychological help. Your physical wounds are beginning to heal, it is now time to care for your emotions. Whether you receive counseling, therapy or just talk to someone about your feelings. You do not need to disclose anything, just talking will do.