If you or someone you know is sexually assaulted, you don’t have to take your next steps alone. Read on to learn about the services available to you and how to quickly locate what you need. Our team of survivors and advocates are always here to help you along the way.
Note: If you are in danger or need immediate medical attention, please call 911. Our free tool will help you find sexual assault care in seconds.
First, what are sexual assault services?
Sexual assault services are resources designed to support you physically, mentally, and emotionally after trauma. Services include hotlines, crisis centers, support groups, and sexual assault forensic exams.
It’s important to note that every survivor’s journey to healing looks different, and every survivor’s needs look different. We recommend that you explore all of your services in time, starting with those that are time critical – like injury care and a sexual assault forensic exam.
Are there sexual assault services on my college campus?
Yes! Sexual assault is a campus issue, especially during the Red Zone. Universities offer unique resources for sexual assault survivors, and you may be able to access them through your Title IX office, wellness center, or residential advisor.
When in doubt, ask your institution about the resources they have available. Every college has dedicated staff committed to supporting you in the aftermath of trauma, and many campuses have dedicated mental health services for survivors as well. You're not alone, and there's a community of people on your campus who want to support you.
When should I seek care?
After sexual assault, it's important to seek medical attention ASAP. Your safety and wellbeing are the most important things. It's important that you receive comprehensive support, spanning your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
Many sexual assault services are time-sensitive, which is why we encourage you to receive care as quickly as possible. Depending on where you live, a sexual assault forensic examination may be available to you for up to 120 hours.
How do I find a sexual assault exam?
Finding a hospital with a sexual assault nurse examiner may feel overwhelming, but the burden doesn't have to fall on you. Our exam location map instantly locates the closest sexual assault forensic exams based on your location, and it'll provide directions to help you get to your exam quickly.
Beyond DNA collection, it’s important that you are cared for and provided additional services, especially in case of injury. You can always call 911 for immediate medical attention, and we encourage you to seek comprehensive care if and when possible.
A hospital will also be able to provide additional services. You may consider taking an emergency contraceptive, like Plan B, if you're worried about the potential for an unwanted pregnancy. STI testing and preventatives, like PEP, are also recommended depending on your risk for exposure.
What if I'm unable or unwilling to go to a hospital?
Medical care is an important priority, and we encourage you to seek care in any way you can. If you're unable or unwilling to seek medical care, we understand, and we are still here to support you.
If you are sexually assaulted, we're here to help you navigate your next steps. Find care quickly and access all of our survivor services at Leda.co. You're not alone, and we're here to help you heal.