If you are in immediate danger, call 911
A sexual assault often leaves a victim feeling frightened and uncertain about what to do next.
Concerns regarding legal and medical interventions are common, and the victim of a sexual assault has the right to be informed of all of her or his options.
It is important for every victim of a sexual assault to know that she or he has the right to accept or refuse any intervention, whether medical or legal.
Every victim of sexual assault has the right to receive medical attention without having to speak to the police about the assault.
Because a sexual assault exposes the victim to the risk of pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, HIV and physical trauma, it is important to be examined by a doctor even if you do not wish to have evidence collected.
Treatment for possible exposure to sexually transmitted infections
Doses of antibiotics to reduce the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.
Also known as the morning after pill. This medication reduces the risk of pregnancy by preventing or delaying ovulation. It must be taken within 120 hours (five days) of the assault.
HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis
This medication may reduce the risk of contracting HIV from a single exposure. HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis must be administered as soon as possible, within 36 hours, for best results.
Sexual assault, in any form, is a crime and you have the right to complete a police report.
Whenever possible, police contact should be made as soon as possible. However, the decision to contact the police is yours to make. Trained RESTORE counselors are available 24-hours a day to escort you to the police station at your request. These counselors are available to answer your questions, inform you of your rights and options and provide moral support. These are the options available to you:
Reporting to the police
- Meet and talk with officer(s) in the jurisdiction of where the crime occurred about what happened
- Give a formal statement (i.e. a crime report)
- May lead to possible arrest and further legal actions, including trial
- Evidentiary exam as soon as possible (up to 96 hours)
- Anonymous report made through RESTORE
- Not a legal document – no arrest is made
- Contact us regarding filling out a Proxy Report
Every person has the right to choose to not report to the police.
Some survivors of sexual assault feel that by not talking about the assault, the pain will eventually go away. This is often not true. Talking about the assault is difficult, but talking releases some of the power and control it has over you.
Because sexual assault often resurfaces in someone’s life, counselors are trained to work with people who were assaulted recently or in the past. Counselors focus on common feelings and reactions to sexual violence such as fear, anger, helplessness, shame and guilt. Great emphasis is put on choosing options that will help support you to a healthy road of recovery.
The sooner evidence is collected, the better chance there is of getting supporting documentation that will help the prosecution of the case.
In Monroe County, New York, a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Center (SAFE Center) is located in the emergency department at Strong Memorial Hospital, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, New York.
In Orleans County, New York, there is a SAFE Center in the emergency department of Medina Memorial Hospital, 200 Ohio St., Medina, New York.