It’s sad but true.
Being sexually assaulted is one of the most horrifying ordeals that no woman should have to experience. Sadly we live in a world where sexual assault is more common than it ought to be and because of that, here are four things you need to do if you have been assaulted, or have a suspicion that you may be have been assaulted. First of all, I am sorry honey. This was not your fault.
1. Get out
The first thing to do is to make sure you are safe. Leave that environment as soon as you can, screaming at the top of your lungs if you can and want. If you come to the realization that you are not in a safe place, with safe people, please leave immediately. Most rapists will not hesitate to assault you again.
2. Don’t wash and go straight to the hospital
This is very important ladies. Being assaulted comes with the feeling of being sullied or unclean. You will have the urge to scrub out every inch of your body and we are here to ask you not to, just yet. If you think you have been assaulted, call a friend or relative you can trust have them take you straight to the hospital. This is important for DNA evidence and emergency preventive treatments to make sure you haven’t caught any STIs or got knocked up.
3. Go to the police
We know that this is hard on so many levels but you have to file a police report. We are done with horrible animals getting away with these acts. It doesn’t matter who your abuser is, file the report. The police might make you feel uncomfortable and mock you, still file the bloody report.
Go home, take that shower and cry. Cry for a week, a month, or sporadically for years, just cry. See a therapist, talk to people you trust and don’t let anyone tell you how long you should take to heal from an assault, not even yourself. You have the voices of a million women cheering you on.
We want you to know that what happened is not your fault and that you get through it, just take it one day at a time.