What do I do now?


  • Make sure you are in a safe place. 

  • Wait to shower. 

  • Wait to brush your teeth.

  • Wait to change your clothes.


If you need advice on what steps to take next, you can contact one of the many organizations that assist survivors.  See our Suggested Resources page for more information.


Option 1

  • Proceed to a medical facility and report the assault to the police.  

  • Click here for more information on what to expect during a police investigation.

Option 2 

  • If you have decided not to proceed to a medical facility and report the assault to law enforcement, collect your own evidence with the PRESERVEkit.  

  • Many cases are not prosecuted because of a lack of evidence.   

  • To preserve the strongest evidence, collect it as soon after the assault as possible before you shower, brush your teeth and change your clothes.