If you are sexually assaulted

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Five Important Steps to Follow in Case of Sexual Assault

You are not alone and the assault is not your fault! YWCA is here to help. If you have been sexually assaulted call our 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-866-YES-YWCA.

  • Get to a safe place.
  • Contact someone who can help you: a friend, the police (911)
  • Do not shower, drink or eat, douche, or change your clothes so as not to destroy important physical evidence in the event that you decide to prosecute the assailant.
  • Get medical attention.
  • Write down everything that you remember happening, with as much detail as possible.