Emergency steps to take directly after sexual assault

EMERGENCY STEP

Four quick steps to be taken directly  after experiencing a sexual assault.

  1. 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! 
  2. 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.
  3.  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.
  4.  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.

Nelson Mandela

"As I walked out the door towards my freedom, I knew that if I did not leave all the anger, hatred and bitterness behind, I would still be in prison"

IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT

People from all walks of life can be a victim of sexual abuse. It doesn’t matter your age, race or cultural background, everyone is at risk of becoming a victim. It must be known that you did not choose for this to happen to you, there is nothing specific about you that makes you more vulnerable to this abuse. Sexual abuse, like any form of abuse is a criminal offence and is never the fault of the person it happens to. It doesn’t matter whether you were drinking or drugging. It doesn’t matter what you were wearing or saying. It doesn’t matter if you knew the abuser or were having an argument. You are, Under No Circumstances responsible for being assaulted or sexually abused. The person who did this to you is the only person responsible for your sexual assault; they are the ones to blame.