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Have you or a loved one been sexually assaulted?

What to Do

  • Remain calm and alert and get to a safe place.

  • Get medical attention within 72 hours if possible- an examination is necessary to diagnose possible injuries and/or sexually transmitted infections, and to gather evidence necessary for investigating the crime. 

  • Do not change your clothing, shower, bathe, douche, or brush your teeth. Do not apply medication to any injuries unless absolutely necessary. 

  • If you suspect you were drugged, delay urinating until a sample can be collected.

  • Consider reporting the assault to the police. RCEA advocates can help with this process, and you may help others by reporting. 

Call Our 24/7 Crisis Hotline

The crisis lines are free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Victim Advocates are ready to provide crisis intervention services and referrals to survivors, family, friends, and community members. These Victim Advocates have undergone training about sexual violence and are available to listen and to assist with any challenges or questions you may have.

Advocacy and Accompaniment 

Victim Advocates are available to help a survivor navigate their medical and legal options. In conjunction with our local partners, RCEA can help a survivor:

  • Receive medical advocacy

  • Receive legal advocacy

  • Provide crisis intervention

  • Act as liaison between victim and person(s) involved in the investigatory process

  • Receive referrals for other services

  • Filing for the Alabama Crime Victim Compensation

How to Know If You Have Experienced Sexual Violence 

Sexual violence is any type of unwanted sexual contact. This includes words and actions of a sexual nature against a person's will and without their consent. A person may use force, threats, manipulation, or coercion to commit sexual violence.

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