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What to do if you are a victim of rape or sexual assault

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  • Go to a safe place.
  • Do not wash or douche. Do not eat or drink anything if oral sex was involved. Do not remove, touch or destroy anything which may be evidence, including underwear and clothing.
  • Go to a hospital emergency room. North Shore University Medical Centerā€™s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Center (S.A.N.E.) and Nassau University Medical Centerā€™s Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Center (S.A.F.E.) are entirely devoted to treating victims of rape or sexual assault.
  • Time is critical in collecting forensic evidence after a sexual assault. Sexual Offense Evidence Collection Kit and/or Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault Kit can be administered within 96 hours at the hospital after a sexual assault at no cost to survivor. The kit(s) is administered with or without police involvement. The choice for police involvement is the decision of the survivor.
  • Explain that you have been sexually assaulted and need to be examined.
  • Call the hotline and request an advocate: 516-542-0404
  • Request tests for pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, hepatitis and HIV.
  • Consider whether you need safe housing.
  • Develop a safety plan.
  • Seek out assistance and help from family members or friends whom you trust.
  • Consider making a police report by calling 911.
  • Get confidential free counseling from a qualified trauma counselor at The Safe Center to help you through your experience.

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