If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted


If you have been sexually assaulted:


  • Go to a safe place.  If you are in danger, call 911

  • Call SAHC’s 24 Hour Hotline, 304-234-8591, or toll free 1-800-884-7242, and an advocate can provide support, information and referrals.

  • Seek immediate attention for health concerns or injuries.  Not all injuries may be visible.  Hospitals can provide emergency contraception and information and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

  • Request a forensic medical examination to assess medical issues and/or collect potential evidence within 96 hours of the assault.

  • Preserve evidence.  If the assault was recent, do not change clothing, shower, urinate, brush hair or teeth, or touch anything where the assault occurred.

  • Consider reporting the assault to the police.  You can have a forensic medical exam even if you do not report (if you are 18 or older).

  • Seek counseling and ongoing support.  Plan for your ongoing safety.


SAHC can help you whether you were assaulted recently or some time in the past.


Know that by surviving you did everything right and the assault was not your fault.