Sexual Assault Response
There are many options for seeking help after being raped or sexually assaulted. If you are unsure what to do, please call CASA’s crisis hotline to speak with an advocate. CASA can offer survivors the following services 24/7/365:
- Crisis intervention, safety planning, emotional support, assistance to meet immediate needs, and resources and referrals;
- Free professional counseling and support groups;
- Court advocacy;
- Emergency room or hospital accompaniment; and
- Emergency shelter.
If you want to seek medical care after your assault and/or report your assault to law enforcement, please consider the following:
- You will want to try to preserve crime evidence. Try not to shower, drink, eat, change clothes, use the bathroom or brush your teeth;
- A forensic or Sexual Assault Nurse Examination (SANE) can be performed. This exam can be done even if you choose not to report the assault to the police. It is important to have this completed as soon as possible after the assault. Medical treatment, STI testing, and emergency contraception can be provided at little to no cost to you; and
- Traumatic events can cause symptoms that make it difficult to navigate day-to-day life. Counseling or support groups can help reduce these symptoms.