If you have been sexually assaulted, it is not your fault, and you don’t have to go through this alone. It may be difficult, but it’s important that you tell someone as soon as possible. Call 911 or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) 24 hours a day. You can also let a close friend or family member know so he or she can help you.

What should you do after you call?

As frightened and upset as you probably are, try not to do anything until help arrives. This way, if there’s any evidence on your hands, body, or clothes, emergency personnel will be able to collect it for locating and/or prosecuting the aggressor. Of course, you do not have to report this to police or press charges, but just in case, try to take a few minutes to write down what happened in as much detail as you can. While this is a lot to ask, it’ll be harder to remember later on if you do decide to make a report.

Where should you go? What will happen next?

If you call 911 or the sexual assault hotline, you’ll be directed to a hospital or crisis center to be treated medically. This is important whether you report or not because some injuries aren’t obvious, and the earlier you are tested for sexually transmitted diseases, the better.

Finally, take time to recover—physically, mentally, and emotionally.

If you haven’t already, be sure to reach out to a rape or sexual assault crisis center or seek out support groups. You can always contact us at PCC Police and Safety Services for more information at (626) 585-7484. PCC Personal Counseling will also be eager to support you, so call them at (626) 585-7273 or visit in person in Building L108.