Frequently Asked Questions

  • I've been Raped...What do I do?

AFTER A RAPE . . .

  • Don't destroy evidence by bathing, douching, washing hands, brushing teeth, changing clothes or linens, eating or drinking.

  • DO notify someone immediately. It may help you if a friend or neighbor goes with you to the hospital and police.

  • DO seek medical attention in the ER of a local hospital. You need to have a rape exam even if you decide not to press charges. The exam is used to collect evidence (which will be needed if you later decide to prosecute) as well as assure you that you did not sustain injuries, which may not be visible yet (i.e., internal injuries, bruises).

  • DO call police as soon as possible. Even if you don't want to file any charges, you can file an informational report that may help police locate your attacker and protect others. Most rapists are repeat offenders!

  • DO take a change of clothes with you to the hospital.

  • DO write down the details about the rapist and the circumstances of the rape as soon as possible.

  • DO call the Rape & Suicide Crisis Center of Southeast Texas or your local rape crisis center if you need someone to talk to or answer questions or if you want someone from the center to accompany you to the hospital, police station, or courthouse.


REACTIONS TO RAPE . .
Rape can affect a victim in many ways. All of the following reactions are normal. Some of them should be expected.

  • Anger - Shock - Disbelief - Suppression.

  • Fear of being alone. Fear of crowds

  • Fear of the return of the attacker

  • Obsession with assault

  • Fear of men

  • Fear of husband/friends/family finding out

  • Embarrassment / Guilt

  • Disruption of normal sex life


SERVICES OFFERED THROUGH THE CRISIS CENTER OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS

(ALL SERVICES ARE FREE)

  • 24-Hour hotline

  • 24-Hour advocates to assist victims through hospital-police-court procedures

  • Referrals to other professionals

  • Free books for victims and their family/friends

  • Information and speakers on topics related to sexual assault

  • Training sessions for new volunteers

  • Weekly survivor/victim support group meetings

  • Individual support counseling by appointment

  • Support groups for adolescents and their parents

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