Rape - In Your Home, at College, at Work
What Do You Do?
Know that Rape is a crime and women don't bring it on themselves.Tim Pollak, Clinical PsychologistCall the police immediatelyDo not shower, douche, or change clothing - even though you will want to do all those thingsHave a medical exam and an internal gynecological exam as soon as possible. ANY delay may destroy evidence. Ask the police if you need help with getting this doneKnow that semen smears must be taken by a clinicianInform the clinician of exact acts performed on you and have the clinician note any medical evidence of themHave the clinician test for any venereal disease (STDs) anad pregnancyDo not disturb the scene of the assaultShow police any external bruises or injuries, however minor, resulting from the attackKnow that the police may request your clothing for purposes of evidenceInform the police later, if you happen to remember anything that was not previously reported
This list is printed from"Self-Defense for Women" Magazine, Winter, 2003
How You Can Help the Police
When you are a witness to a crime, or a victim, if possible, concentrate on gathering as much information from the crime scene or perpetrators as possible. As a rape victim, try to collect and retain as much information as you can.
Type of car: make, model, license, colorRace of rapist*Age, weight, heightHair color and lengthColor of eyesClothingAny unusual marks, tattoos, scars, rings, molesAny facial hairType of accent- this can include ethnic, or regionalStrange or distinctive odorDirection of approach of rapist or departure
After the Police
Many times the police or the hospital will have resources available to you for help. Call them. Even if you don't want to, do it. Most rape crisis centers are staffed by volunteers who themselves have been raped. They understand.
You will need to start the healing process, they can help.
If the police catch your rapist, you may have to testify in court.
This brings it all up again, and forces you to relive the attack. The defense attorney will do his/her best to destroy your testimony. Get help from Rape Crisis Centers in preparation for the trail, and try to maintain a mind-set of "bring-it on."
Remember, that your testimony may save some other woman.
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