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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. To locate a sexual assault forensic examination, click here. Our free tool will help you find sexual assault care in seconds.

First, what exactly are sexual assault services?

Sexual assault services are resources designed to support you physically, mentally, and emotionally after trauma. Common services include hotlines, crisis centers, support groups, healing circles, and sexual assault forensics 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 forensics exam.

Are there sexual assault services on my college campus?

Yes! Sexual assault is a campus issue, and it’s one your campus cares about. 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. Your college cares deeply about your wellbeing, and they want to support you after any form of trauma.

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 for survivors as well. You are not alone, and there is a community of people on your campus who want to support you.

When should I seek care?

After sexual assault, it is important to seek medical attention ASAP. Your safety and wellbeing are the most important things. It is 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 forensics 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 does not have to fall on you. Our Exam Location Map instantly locates the closest sexual assault forensics exams based on your location, and it will 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 the 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 are worried about the potential for an unwanted pregnancy after your assault. STI testing and preventatives, like PEP, are also recommended depending on your risk for exposure.

What if I am 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 are unable or unwilling to seek medical care, we understand, and we are still here to support you. 

We offer an Early Evidence Kit (in select locations) to help you self-collect DNA after sexual assault, with a mobile app and live Care Team available 24/7 to support you. Leda’s Early Evidence Kit (EEK) includes optional add-on services, such as Plan B and at-home STI testing, as well as the option to receive DNA testing results in under eight weeks. It is important to note that an Early Evidence Kit does not replace an in-person exam, as DNA collection is only one of several services offered in a hospital setting. 

If you are sexually assaulted, we are here to help you navigate your next steps. Find care quickly and access all of our free survivor services at Leda.co. You are not alone, and we are here to help you heal.

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How to Find Sexual Assault Services In Your Area

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. To locate a sexual assault forensic examination, click here. Our free tool will help you find sexual assault care in seconds.

First, what exactly are sexual assault services?

Sexual assault services are resources designed to support you physically, mentally, and emotionally after trauma. Common services include hotlines, crisis centers, support groups, healing circles, and sexual assault forensics 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 forensics exam.

Are there sexual assault services on my college campus?

Yes! Sexual assault is a campus issue, and it’s one your campus cares about. 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. Your college cares deeply about your wellbeing, and they want to support you after any form of trauma.

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 for survivors as well. You are not alone, and there is a community of people on your campus who want to support you.

When should I seek care?

After sexual assault, it is important to seek medical attention ASAP. Your safety and wellbeing are the most important things. It is 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 forensics 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 does not have to fall on you. Our Exam Location Map instantly locates the closest sexual assault forensics exams based on your location, and it will 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 the 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 are worried about the potential for an unwanted pregnancy after your assault. STI testing and preventatives, like PEP, are also recommended depending on your risk for exposure.

What if I am 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 are unable or unwilling to seek medical care, we understand, and we are still here to support you. 

We offer an Early Evidence Kit (in select locations) to help you self-collect DNA after sexual assault, with a mobile app and live Care Team available 24/7 to support you. Leda’s Early Evidence Kit (EEK) includes optional add-on services, such as Plan B and at-home STI testing, as well as the option to receive DNA testing results in under eight weeks. It is important to note that an Early Evidence Kit does not replace an in-person exam, as DNA collection is only one of several services offered in a hospital setting. 

If you are sexually assaulted, we are here to help you navigate your next steps. Find care quickly and access all of our free survivor services at Leda.co. You are not alone, and we are here to help you heal.

Leda Health’s services are not replacements for the care of licensed medical professionals. Always seek advice from your physician or another health provider for any and all medical conditions. If you are in an emergency or need immediate medical care, call 911. If you are in crisis and would like to speak to a trained crisis counselor, text Leda to 741741. We are here to support you.