How can I help

 

How can I help someone who has been sexually assaulted?

 

Encourage him or her to talk and listen without judgment.

Tell them you believe them, that no one deserves to be sexually assaulted, and that it is not their fault.

Ask if they are safe. If there is imminent danger, call 911.

Offer to go to the hospital with them. Medical care may be needed days or weeks after an assault.

Give him or her contact information for RDVIC: (304) 292-5100 

Support their right to make their own decisions about reporting the crime or seeking help.

Do not tell others without their permission unless you are a mandatory reporter.

If you are a mandatory reporter and the situation meets the mandatory reporting requirements of suspected abuse, neglect, or an emergency situation involving an adult who is incapacitated or a minor, contact your local Department of Health and Human Resources or call 24 hours a day (800) 352-6513.

 

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