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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 Center’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Center (S.A.N.E.) and Nassau University Medical Center’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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