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One option is to report to the police in the area in which the abuse occurred. Expect to be asked about specific details, dates, locations, names, who else knew, who you have told, and any contact information of those involved. It is important to give as much detail as possible, but it is alright to say “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember.” It may also be pertinent to gather evidence. For example medical records, insurance billing copies, witnesses. You do not have to press charges when filing a police report.

It may be helpful to consider getting a Sexual Assault Forensic exam to collect evidence as well. A sexual assault forensic exam, sometimes known as a “rape kit,” preserves possible DNA evidence and receive important medical care. You don’t have to report the crime to have an exam, but the process gives you the chance to safely store evidence should you decide to report at a later time, and also is a medical exam that will allow nurses to treat acute medical needs. During the exam the nurses can provide STD, HIV, and pregnancy prophylaxis treatments as well as other important medical services beyond the forensics.

Filing a police report may also allow you to use the Crime Victims’ Fund for services such as counseling. For more about this click here, and to find out about your states’ fund click here.

We are not lawyers, the information on this website does not constitute legal advice, and the information on this website in no way creates an attorney-client relationship between The Army of Survivors, its employees, Board Members, or other affiliates. We encourage you to contact a lawyer to discuss your complaint or potential lawsuit.