You will be connected to the sexual assault crisis center nearest you. A counselor/advocate is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to listen and offer support, as well as to provide you with information and resources to help you best decide what to do next. All services are free and confidential.Find a Sexual Assault Crisis Program Near You
Go to a place that makes you feel safe.
Contact someone you can trust, like a friend or family member.
Try to preserve evidence. If you think you might want to have an exam done or report the crime to the police, do not shower, douche, eat, brush your teeth, smoke, urinate, or wash your clothes.
Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Medical professionals can treat any injuries you may have, protect you against sexually transmitted infections, and address concerns about pregnancy.
You have the right to be treated with respect and dignity.
You have the right to privacy. This means you can refuse to answer any questions about the sexual assault, your sexual orientation, your sexual history, your medical history (including your HIV status) and your mental health history.
You have the right to have your conversations with a sexual assault counselor/advocate remain confidential.
You have the right to decide whether or not you want to report the assault to the police.
You have the right not to be judged based on your race, age, class, gender or sexual orientation.
You have the right to have a sexual assault counselor/advocate accompany you to medical, law enforcement and legal proceedings.
You have the right to request that someone you are comfortable with stay with you in the examination room.
You have the right to ask questions and get answers regarding any tests, exams, medications, treatments or police reports.
You have the right to be considered a victim/survivor of sexual assault, regardless of the offender’s relationship to you.
As a victim/survivor of sexual assault, you may feel some of these emotions: anger, fear, guilt, loss of control, powerlessness, embarrassment, depression, isolation, denial, shame, disbelief, self-blame, or emotional shock.
It is normal to experience some or all of the above feelings. Each victim/survivor of sexual assault responds differently. Your emotions are valid. You are not alone. You are not to blame for what happened.
The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP), formerly known as the Safe at Home program, is available for Connecticut residents who are or have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. ACP provides a free mail-forwarding service to keep new addresses safe and private. Learn more about the program and whether or not it is right for you.
Contact your local member center to schedule a meeting with a victim advocate. They will discuss the program’s benefits and limitations, help you develop a safety plan, and assist with the application process.Learn More