After a Sexual Assault

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It wasn’t your fault. We believe you.

Important information for victims/survivors of sexual assault.

Safety first

  • If you have been assaulted, the most important thing is that you find somewhere you feel safe.
  • If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, call 911 right away.

Medical attention

  • Your health is important. Consider seeking an evidentiary exam at the hospital. 
  • Every hospital in Ramsey County has a nurse who is trained to provide evidentiary exams. SOS partners with Regions, St. Joseph's, St. John's and United hospitals to provide care in the emergency room.  
  • If you have an exam, this does NOT mean you must report the assault to the police. 
  • The cost of the exam and any preventative medications you may need will be provided at no charge to you.

Preserving evidence

  • You may not know right away whether or not you want to report to the police. In case you decide to later, the evidence available immediately after the assault is crucial. This evidence can be preserved in case you decide to press charges at a later date. 
  • It is best to follow these recommendations:
    • Do not shower or bathe, wash your hands, or brush your teeth.
    • Collect any clothes you were wearing during the assault in a PAPER bag.
    • Do not delete any contact information, texts, videos or social media communications with the suspect.

Talk to someone 

  • A friend you trust.
  • Family who will support you.
  • SOS Sexual Violence Services, our crisis line is staffed 24/7: 651-266-1000.

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