Sexual Abuse & Assault Resources
Here are some initial steps you can take to report sexual abuse:
- Report the sexual assault.
- Call 911. If you are in immediate danger, dial 911. Help will come to you, wherever you are.
- Contact the local police department. Call the direct line of your local police station or visit the station in person.
- Visit a medical center. If you are being treated for injuries resulting from sexual assault, tell a medical professional that you wish to report the crime. You can also choose to have a sexual assault forensic exam. To find an appropriate local health facility that is prepared to care for survivors, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.HOPE (4673).
- Call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline 800.656.HOPE (4673). They will provide confidential support from trained staff members who can talk you through what happened and provide you with local referrals, including a local health facility trained to care for survivors of sexual assault.
- Seek support. You can find centers in your area to provide you with resources, including trained advocates, counselors, therapists, and support groups.
- Contact your school’s Title IX Coordinator if you are in college. Title IX requires schools to protect students from sexual abuse and discrimination. Resources outlining your Title IX rights and how to file a complaint can be found at: EndRapeOnCampus.org/title-ix.
- Contact the SafeSport Helpline at (720) 531-0340 if you are a student-athlete. The SafeSport Helpline provides crisis intervention, referrals, and emotional support specifically designed for athletes, athletic staff, and other SafeSport participants.
- Take care of yourself. Try to remember to allow yourself time and patience as you move forward – everyone responds differently to sexual assault. Here are some tips for practicing self-care after trauma.
- Learn about your legal options. Contact FeganScott at info@FeganScott.com or 630-273-2394 to learn about your legal rights and options. We can work with you as your advocate as you navigate the criminal justice system, and advise you as to your legal rights in the civil justice system. Everything you share with us will remain confidential unless you authorize us to share it with law enforcement or in a civil lawsuit.