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what should i do?

Below are some options you can choose to take if you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted.

1) first steps

2) medical attention

You may, or may not want to seek medical or legal attention immediately.

It is recommended that medical attention be sought within 5 days of the assault at San Francisco General Hospital Rape Treatment Center located at:

SAN FRANCISCO GENERAL HOSPITAL
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
RAPE TREATMENT CENTER
1001 POTRERO AVENUE (@ 23RD STREET)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110

5 days is the maximum time period in which HIV prevention medication, forensic evidence (including drug testing), and emergency contraception (morning-after pill) can be administered. If five days have passed since the assault, and the survivor would like medical treatment call the Trauma Recovery Center at 415-437-3000. SFGH (San Francisco General Hospital) EMERGENCY SERVICES, RELATED TO THE TREATMENT OF A SEXUAL ASSAULT, ARE OFFERED TO SURVIVORS FREE OF CHARGE.

During the medical exam at SFGH, if you want to pursue legal action, you can have forensic evidence collected, and choose to make a police report at this time. Even if you have forensic evidence collected, this does not mean you need to file a police report at this time or at any time.

Note: The hospital will hold evidence from a sexual assault exam for three months before destroying it, however the longer a survivor waits to press charges the less likely any legal action will be taken against the perpetrator. In other words, the sooner a survivor presses charges, the stronger his or her case will be.

Tips for supporting the survivor to get medical attention: It is extremely important that those supporting the survivor respect whatever decision s/he makes. If the survivor decides to seek medical attention, you can offer to accompany the survivor to the hospital. If s/he declines your offer, don't take it personally.

3) filing a police report

Involving the Police

Choosing not to Report to the Police

4) find a rape crisis center near you

RAINN (Rape and Incest National Network) allows you to search by state and/or zip code in order to find the rape crisis center nearest you.

5) download handout

DOWNLOAD HANDOUT: ESSENTIAL INFORMATION ON WHAT TO DO IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN ASSAULTED


If you have been sexually assaulted, remember:

It was not your fault.
You are not alone.
You deserve support.
You have rights.

Your rights include...


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