Rape and Assault

What you can do if you are assaulted or raped:

• Ask a doctor for anti-retroviral medications. These medications can keep you from contracting HIV if you have been exposed to the virus.
• Take the morning after pill within 72 hours of the attack, if possible. You can get the morning after pill by calling 1-800-230-PLAN (1-800-230-7526)
• Reporting an assault to the police is not required, it is your choice. In order to get a free medical exam at Episcopal Hospital or Jefferson Hospital, you do not have to talk to the police or file a report with them.
• You may also remain anonymous and still receive medical care for any injuries at either hospital.
• You can help to prevent the same person from attacking someone else by placing a bad date report with SAFE. Call 484-904-6528 and leave a description of the make and model of the car, a physical description of the person, and the date and time of the attack. We will update the bad date sheet so other women know what to watch out for. This information is NOT shared with the police. It is by and for working women only.

If you would like to file a report with the police:

• Try to get a medical exam within 96 hours of the attack to collect the evidence.
• Try not to go to the bathroom, shower, brush your teeth, eat, drink, or change your clothes. Your body contains important evidence that can be destroyed through these actions.
• Try to remember what your attacker looks like: hair length, skin color, eye color, scars, moles, tattoos, piercings, or other permanent features. Also try to remember any details you can about the car such as the color, model and license plate number.
• It is best to report the rape right away. However, you can report anytime up to seven years after a rape.

ALWAYS REMEMBER:

Being assaulted is not your fault! You have the right to be safe from a sexual violation at any time, any place, and under any circumstances. Rape is a crime and it is not your fault.

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