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If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.
If you or someone you know is safe, but has experienced a sexual assault and would like to speak with a Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate, please call our Statewide 24-hour Hotline at 800-601-7200, or click here for the 24-hour hotline in your county.
If the assault has taken place recently, and you are able to do so comfortably, avoid the following activities before deciding whether you will participate in a forensic medical exam:
- Eating or drinking
- Bathing, showering, or douching
- Using the bathroom
- Changing your clothes
Regardless of whether you wish to file a police report, it is important to seek medical assistance as soon as possible to receive preventive medication for possible sexually transmitted diseases and be eligible to receive emergency contraception.
You are not alone. There are people who want to help.
You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
Your rights as a survivor of sexual violence:
- To be treated with respect and dignity. .
- To be assured of confidentiality. .
- To be allowed freedom of choice concerning the decisions that affect your life. .
- To be made aware of all the medical, legal and social service options available. .
- To be made aware of and to receive medical and counseling services whether or not the crime is reported to the police. .
- To be treated without prejudice regarding race, class, life-style, age, or occupation.
Adapted from a publication of the NJ Division on Women, Office on the Prevention of Violence Against Women