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Steps for Victims
Steps if You Are a Victim
Seek help immediately. If you are injured, call 9-1-1 for medical assistance or go to a hospital emergency room. An important thing to remember is that you should not touch anything, change your clothes, wash, bathe, shower or douche until you have been to the hospital and contacted the police. Doing any of these things will destroy valuable evidence that is needed by the police and the prosecutor to identify, arrest, and convict your attacker.

The emotional impact of a sexual assault is great and both medical professionals and law enforcement officers know this. It will be difficult for you to confide in strangers about what has happened to you. Every effort is made to have family members, friends, clergy, or anyone you want present to provide support during this difficult time.

The Child Victim
Each year thousands of children suffer some type of sexual abuse. Who is the typical offender? In more than one-third of sexual abuse cases involving children, the child and his family know the offender. In other words, the abuser is often a parent, relative, or close family friend. Children are especially vulnerable to sexual assault because they are so trusting and defenseless.

Children often make up stories, but they rarely lie about being a victim of sexual assault. If a child tells you about being touched or assaulted, take it seriously. Your response helps determine how the child will react to the abuse. Stay calm. Explain that you are concerned about what happened, and not angry with the child.

Many children feel guilty as if they provoked the assault. Children need to be reassured they are not at fault, and they are right to tell you about what happened. Sometimes a child may be too frightened or confused to talk directly about the abuse. Be alert for any changes in behavior that might hint that the child has suffered a disturbing experience.

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