If you’ve been sexually assaulted, it’s completely normal to be scared and question what happened. But getting help right away is the best way to become a survivor instead of a victim. This wasn’t your fault.
There are several things you should do.
- Call law enforcement immediately. Police will begin investigating and will bring you to get a medical exam.
- Go to your nearest emergency room within 72 hours. Your local hospital can also get a criminal case started and ensure that as much evidence as possible is collected to help identify and prosecute your attacker.
- Before you get to the hospital, you should avoid taking a shower, douching, eating, or changing your clothes. Bring an extra change of clothes in case your outfit contains critical evidence.
- In San Diego County, call the Center for Community Solutions at 1 (888) 385-4657. The center is staffed 24 hours a day with advocates who can help you sort through your feelings and identify what you should do.
You Have Options
Even if you’re not sure if you want to prosecute, you can have a limited forensic medical exam. The Center for Community Solutions can tell you where this can be done for free. The exam can help you sort out your feelings and decide whether you want to prosecute.
If you want to seek justice in civil court, call Jessica Pride.
Even if you have begun a criminal case, Jessica can help you get justice simultaneously through a civil case. Jessica will stand up to your attacker and give you the strength you need to get through this. We recognize this may be one of the most difficult decisions you ever make, but we’re confident we can help you get your sense of power back.
Contact us by calling (619) 995-6829 to speak with Jessica today.