If you have been sexually assaulted please contact your nearest Centre Against Sexual Assault. In Victoria, phone 1800 806 292. In the rest of Australia phone 1800 RESPECT

Why get a health check?

If you’ve been sexually assaulted or abused , it’s a good idea to have a medical check up to see if you have any injuries that need treatment. If you are a woman, it’s also important to check if you are pregnant. You may need to have emergency contraception to avoid pregnancy.
You may also need:

  • Medication to prevent diseases such as HIV or Hepatitis B .
  • A follow-up appointment to test for sexually transmitted infections.

If you don’t want to talk about a rape, you can say you had unprotected sex and that is why you need the tests done.

Sometimes people feel ashamed or embarrassed to talk to a doctor about these sorts of issues. There are specialist clinics that give free sexual health checks for young people:

  • Family Planning Victoria 1800 013 952.
  • The Melbourne Sexual Health Clinic 1800 032 017.

To arrange a medical checkup, you can also speak with:

Keeping it confidential

Mostly, the doctor won’t tell anyone else what you’ve said. But in some situations the doctor might need to:

  • Tell your parents.
  • Report what has happened to you to the police or child protection services.

This is called Mandatory Reporting. The law says that some professionals must make a report when a child or young person is at risk of being harmed.

Links

If you don't want to talk to the police you can report anonymously at Sexual Assault Report Anonymously

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