Rape Resources

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If you get raped: http://www.911rape.org/getting-help/what-to-do-if-you-are-raped

Go to a safe place.

If you want to report the crime, notify the police immediately. Reporting the crime can help you regain a sense of personal power and control.

Call a friend, a family member, or someone else you trust who can be with you and give you support.

Preserve all physical evidence of the assault. Do not shower, bathe, douche, eat, drink, wash your hands, or brush your teeth until after you have had a medical examination. Save all of the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault. Place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag. Do not use plastic bags. Do not clean or disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred.

Get medical care as soon as possible. Go to a hospital emergency department or a specialized forensic clinic that provides treatment for sexual assault victims. Even if you think that you do not have any physical injuries, you should still have a medical examination and discuss with a health care provider the risk of exposure to sexually transmitted infections and the possibility of pregnancy resulting from the sexual assault. Having a medical exam is also a way for you to preserve physical evidence of a sexual assault.

If you suspect that you may have been given a “rape drug,” ask the hospital or clinic where you receive medical care to take a urine sample. Drugs, such as Rohypnol and GHB, are more likely to be detected in urine than in blood.

Write down as much as you can remember about the circumstances of the assault, including a description of the assailant.

Get information whenever you have questions or concerns. After a sexual assault, you have a lot of choices and decisions to make – e.g., about getting medical care, making a police report, and telling other people. You may have concerns about the impact of the assault and the reactions of friends and family members. You can get information by calling a rape crisis center, a hotline, or other victim assistance agencies.

Talk with a counselor who is trained to assist rape victims. Counseling can help you learn how to cope with the emotional and physical impacts of the assault. You can find a counselor by contacting a local rape crisis center, a hotline, a counseling service, other victim assistance agencies, or RAINN. RAINN is a national victim assistance organization, at 1-800-656-HOPE. RAINN will connect you to a rape crisis center in your area.

Online Resources: http://msigler4.hubpages.com/hub/10-Helpful-Online-Resources-For-Rape-Victims

  1. www.rainn.org – Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. This is by far the best resource available for rape victims. RAINN offers a 24/7 toll free hotline number, online chat with a trained volunteer, information on rape crisis centers across the country, statistics, how to get help, resources and volunteer opportunities. Again, this is a fantastic website that has helped thousands of victims.
  2. http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/help/progdir.htm – this link will take you to the Office For Victims of Crime. This direct link is specifically in regards to the Victims’ Crime Compensation Fund. This fund is provided to victims of violent crime. Victims can be reimbursed for hospital stays, sexual assault kit, medications, loss of property, relocation expenses & much more. Victims should log on to this website to find out what they need to do to file for this fund.
  3. www.ncvc.org – this is the website for the National Center for Victims of Crime. Victim assistance, civil litigation, public policy, stalking resource center, etc. This is another good resources that can not only help victims but can also assist victim advocates and rape centers with trainings and conferences.
  4. www.ncadv.org – National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 24 hour hotline. Resources on safety planning and how to obtain help.
  5. http://www.jfcadvocacy.org – Justice For Children. This is a great website dealing with child abuse. Resources regarding legal assistance can be found on this site. Justice For Children deals with the topic of abuse of children.
  6. www.1in6.org – A website dedicated to men that have been victims of rape. A fantastic resource for this very seldom discussed victim.
  7. www.google.com– If you are trying to find the name, number and location of your local rape crisis center, just google “rape crisis center and your town”. You can always go to rainn.org and you can search your local rape crisis center directly from their page.

Groups that advocate for women and the visibility of sexual assault.

Take back the nighthttp://takebackthenight.org/
The Vancouver Rape Relief held Take Back The Night® marches from 1980-1985. In 1981, The Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centers declared the third Friday of September to be the designated date for Take Back The Night® marches nationwide. Since the 1970s in the United States, TBTN has focused on eliminating sexual and domestic violence in all forms. Thousands of colleges, domestic violence shelters, and rape crisis centers have held events all over the country.

Vagina Monologueshttp://www.vday.org/

“In 1994, a play called The Vagina Monologues, written by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, broke ground, offering to the world a piece of art like nothing it had seen before. Based on dozens of interviews Ensler conducted with women, the play addressed women’s sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, creating a new conversation about and with women. The Vagina Monologues ran Off-Broadway for five years in New York and then toured the United States. After every performance, Ensler found women waiting to share their own stories of survival, leading her to see thatThe Vagina Monologues could be more than a moving work of art on violence; she divined that the performances could be a mechanism for moving people to act to end violence.”

Clothes Line Projecthttp://www.clotheslineproject.org/

“The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women.”

“The shirts are color coded to show the form of abuse and whether the victim survived the abuse they experienced.

White represents women who died because of violence;

Yellow or beige represents battered or assaulted women;

Redpink, and orange are for survivors of rape and sexual assault;

Blue and green t-shirts represent survivors of incest and sexual abuse;

Purple or lavender represents women attacked because of their sexual orientation;

Black is for women attacked for political reasons.”

The Bridge to Hopehttp://www.thebridgetohope.org/index.php/sexual-assault/

“The Bridge to Hope provides shelter, support, information, and referrals to those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.  Our mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities through advocacy, education, and collaboration.”

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