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

I’ve just been sexually assaulted — what can I do?

If you’ve been sexually assaulted you may be feeling many different things, including scared, angry, frightened, hurt, embarrassed, ashamed or numb. It’s okay and normal to have many different feelings.
But even if the feelings are crushing you, you can take some action so that you can get the help you might need.

You may have told someone you trust — a family member or friend. You have several other options including:

  • Talking to a Counsellor over the phone
  • Reporting the assault to the police
  • Meeting with a Counsellor face-to-face
  • Seeing a doctor.

If you are not sure yet what you want to do:

  • Do not have a shower or bath, or wash yourself at all
  • Try not to disturb the place where you were assaulted
  • Keep the clothes on that you were wearing during the assault. If you have already removed them, put them in paper bags. This protects any evidence.
  • Do not brush your teeth, drink or eat if you have been forced during the assault to do anything with your mouth.


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

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