South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

What should I do if I am raped?

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Soon after you have been raped, you should:

  • Try to get to a safe place;
  • If you feel you are still in danger, call the police;
  • Contact a friend or someone in your family you can trust. It's best to have someone with you for support if you go to the hospital, a doctor, or the police;
  • Ring or go to a Centre Against Sexual Assault or local hospital. You may be injured or in shock after the rape - some medical attention is important;
  • It is best not to wash, shower, have a bath or change your clothes before seeking help. You may destroy evidence which could be used if you decide later to report the rape to the police;
  • Contact the police as soon as possible after the rape if you want them to take action.

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