take steps right away if you have been sexually assaulted

  • Get to a safe place, away from the attacker.
  • If you want to report the assault call 911.
  • Call the Women's Resource Center Hotline (540) 639-1123 or Toll Free (800) 788-1123 for support and information.
  • Call a trusted friend or family member for support.
  • Preserve evidence, wait to wash, come hair or change clothes until talking to a forensic nurse at the nearest hospital emergency room.
  • If you suspect you may have been drugged ask that a urine and/or blood sample be collected and tested.
  • Remember this is NOT YOUR FAULT.
  • Recognize that healing takes time.
  • Know that it is never too late to call.