Being the victim of sexual assault can be a very traumatizing experience. Sexual assault is not the victims fault. It is estimated that one in six American women will be a victim of a sexual assault in their lifetime. Also an estimated ten percent of reported sexual assault victims are male. Sexual assault is often defined as when a person intentionally touches another person (sexually), or the person does not consent to the sexual act.
If you have been sexual assaulted find a safe place away from the attacker preferably with a trusted friend who can offer you support. Remember you did not bring the assault upon yourself. Call 911 and report the incident. If you want more information, a counselor on the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE can help you understand the process. Preserve evidence of the attack by not brushing your teeth or taking a shower or bath. Get medical attention and get tested for STDs and pregnancy. If you suspect that the assailant drugged you, ask for a urine sample at the hospital and it can be tested in the lab.
Recovery from sexual assault is a process. Allow yourself time to heal. The trauma of the incident and affect your mood and may lead to depression. Please follow these links for more information: