If you or anyone remains in physical danger call 911.
The following recommendations are up to you. You can choose what feels right for your situation; please do not feel like you must take any of these actions. If you want to know more about your options, please get in touch with our Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Caitlin Henriksen.
Preserve all physical evidence of the assault. This helps if you choose to pursue criminal or civil persecution. Don't shower, bathe, douche, eat, drink, wash your hands or brush your teeth until after you have had a medical examination. Save all of the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault. Place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag. Do not use plastic bags. Do not clean or disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred.
Get medical care as soon as possible. Go to a hospital emergency department or a specialized forensic clinic that provides treatment for sexual assault victims. Collection of evidence is best done within 120 hours of an assault. Testing can be done by a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) through St. Vincent Emergency Room at 920-433-8383. Even if you think that you do not have any physical injuries, you should still have a medical exam and discuss with a health care provider the risk of exposure to sexually transmitted infections and the possibility of pregnancy resulting from the sexual assault. For concerns about sexually transmitted disease (STD) or pregnancy, contact your health care provider or the UW-Green Bay Wellness Center 920-465-2380. If you suspect that you may have been given a rape drug, ask the hospital or clinic where you receive medical care to take a urine sample. Drugs, such as Rohypnol and GHB, are more likely to be detected in urine than in blood.
Contact a friend, family member or someone else you trust who can be with you and give you support.
Write down as much as you can remember about the circumstances of the assault, including a description of the assailant.
Get information whenever you have questions or concerns. After a sexual assault, you have a lot of choices and decisions to make - e.g., about getting medical care, making a police report and telling other people. You may have concerns about the impact of the assault and the reactions of friends and family members. Talk with a counselor who is trained to assist rape victims. Counseling can help you learn how to cope with the emotional and physical impacts of the assault.