Aftercare post sexual assault

FREEDOM FROM FEAR
  • Move to a safe environment and seek support from someone you trust.
  • Sexual assault is never your fault. It is an act of aggression and the attacker is always at fault.
  • Seek medical help for first aid and to rule out pregnancy, STD and other infections.
  • Do not brush your teeth, use the toilet, wash or bathe after the assault until medico legal evidence is taken.
  • Put the clothes you were wearing in an airtight plastic bag without cleaning them, so that evidence is not lost.
  • Reach out for help immediately if someone threatens or blackmails you.
  • Always remember you have no reason to be feeling frightened, guilty or ashamed. It is not your fault. You have a beautiful life ahead of you. Live well. It is the best gift you can give yourself.
  • Seek counseling against trauma.

YOUR RIGHTS POST SEXUAL ASSAULT

  • You have the right to free legal aid.
  • You can file a complaint at any police station.
  •  You are entitled to a copy of the medical report.
  • You can ask for a lady police officer.
  • There is no time frame within which you have to file a sexual assault case, however we would advise you to report the assault at the earliest, as it is easier to collect the evidence.
  • If the assault happened when you are an adult,
    nobody can force you to file a complaint if you do not want to.
  • You can record the statement, privately, in front of a magistrate.
  • You have the right to privacy so that your name, photo, address is not revealed to the public.

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