If you’ve been sexually assaulted
, 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.