If You Think You Are A Victim of Sexual Violence
If You’ve Been Sexually Assaulted:
Find a safe place and consider notifying the police.
Call 180’s Rape Care Program at (732) 264-RAPE (7273) or Toll-free Hotline (888) 264-RAPE (7273) for support and accompaniment through medical and police proceedings and for counseling services.
Do not shower, bathe, douche, eat, drink, smoke, urinate or change clothing if possible as crime evidence may be destroyed. If you have changed, place each piece of clothing in a separate paper bag (even if you do bathe, evidence may still be collected. Do not let that stop you from going to the hospital).
Get immediate medical attention for possible injuries, sexually transmitted disease and pregnancy.
Things to Remember:
- Sexual assault is a violent crime
- Sexual assault is not an act of lust
Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault
There is no one “right” way to respond to a rape. You lived through the attack, therefore you are a survivor.
180’s programs and services can help sexual violence victims and their families.
180’s program staff and victim advocates are available 24 hours each day to assist survivors in crisis, and survivors and significant others needing support, information and service referrals. The hotline also assists professionals, community members, family and friends needing advice or information.