What you can do now:
2. You might have physical evidence on your body.
The offender may have left behind evidence such as fibres, hairs, saliva, semen, or clothing. If this is the case and you would like to report the assault, do not wash, comb, or clean any part of your body.
Do not change clothes if possible, so hospital staff can collect evidence. Do not touch or change anything at the scene of the assault.
3. If you report to the police…
The police may take you to a crisis care unit at a local hospital emergency department, where you will be supported by a local CASA counsellor.
The police, with your permission, may call a forensic medical examiner to collect evidence from you. This may include taking clothing, and samples of skin, saliva and semen that may have been left behind by the offender.
4. If you don’t report to the police…
It is still important that you receive some medical attention. This could be provided through your local general practitioner or hospital emergency.
You may need to be examined, treated for any injuries, and screened for possible sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pregnancy.
You can report at any time in the future.
5. Remember, you have been through a traumatic event
It is understandable that your usual coping mechanisms may have been affected. There are many normal and common reactions to sexual assault that may feel strange and uncomfortable.
Your local CASA can provide counselling and support you in managing these impacts.