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April 30, 2021

After Experiencing Sexual Assault

What to do if you have experienced sexual assault: Immediate Assistance, Processing Trauma, Legal & Medical Steps

Watch our “After Experiencing Sexual Assault: Healing + Support” webinar here

If you’ve been sexually assaulted and need immediate assistance, the Ramsey County SOS Sexual Violence Services has plenty of resources, affirmations, and suggestions. All of the following information is from Ramsey County SOS Sexual Violence Services:

    • 24/7 telephone hotline: 651-266-1000
      • A contact form  for free and confidential services for victims of sexual violence, their partners, families, friends, and other concerned persons
  • It wasn’t your fault. We believe you. You get to choose what you want to do moving forward.
  • Safety First: The most important thing to do if you’ve been assaulted is to get somewhere safe, and call 911 if you’re in immediate danger or have been seriously injured
  • Medical attention
    • Your health is important. Consider seeking an evidentiary exam at the hospital. 
    • Every hospital in Ramsey County has a nurse who is trained to provide evidentiary exams. SOS partners with Regions, St. Joseph’s, St. John’s and United hospitals to provide care in the emergency room.  
    • If you have an exam, this does NOT mean you must report the assault to the police. 
    • The cost of the exam and any preventative medications you may need will be provided at no charge to you.
  • Preserving evidence
    • You may not know right away whether or not you want to report to the police. In case you decide to later, the evidence available immediately after the assault is crucial. This evidence can be preserved in case you decide to press charges at a later date. 
    • It is best to follow these recommendations:
      • Do not shower or bathe, wash your hands, or brush your teeth.
      • Collect any clothes you were wearing during the assault in a PAPER bag. 
  • Talk to someone: for example, a trusted friend, family members who will support you, etc. 

If you are confided in by someone who has experienced sexual assault, remember BLASER: 


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