I need help with sexual assault, violence, and safety

Most people believe that sexual assault and violence only happen with a stranger, in “dangerous” places, or to people who are behaving in “risky” or “careless” ways. In reality, it can happen to anyone, and it’s actually more likely to happen with someone you know in a familiar environment.

What do I do if I’ve been assaulted or threatened?

What if I don’t want to tell anyone what happened?

You have the right to tell who you want, when you want, about anything that has happened to you. Here are a few important things to consider if you’re unsure:

What if I don't know who to tell or what to do?

You may not be sure what your options are or what to do—for example, whether to go to the hostpial or immediate healthcare, reach out for support, or to contact the police. What you do next is up to you, but you may want to consider the following options. You can find contact information on the where to get help page.

What if I’m confused about what happened? What if it wasn’t assault? Am I making a big deal out of nothing?

Sexual assault and other forms of violence can be confusing experiences because we don’t talk about them enough--and when we do, there are all kinds of misinformation and stigmas being passed around.

Read more about sexual assault.

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