First Aid Information for people who have been sexually assaulted

sexually assaultedThis post is for information designed to educate you just in case you or one of your friends or associates is sexually assaulted 

We are not writing this for someone to read just after being raped so make sure you pass on this and other advice. Maybe you already know some of the tips about how to avoid being a victim, or how to help someone who has asked you for help.

People who have been sexually assaulted may be both physically and emotionally affected. No one really talks about what to do in such situations.

What needs to be done?

Safety first

If not breathing, make sure the victims tongue or any foreign object isn't blocking airways and if need be use resuscitation.  If you do not know how to do this you better learn now because basic first aid is so important in any emergency situation.

Make sure that an ambulance is called or a doctor located. Don't hesitate to ask for help.

If the victim cannot move and no one is nearby to help  try to make sure to stop any cuts that are bleeding. This can be done by squeezing the opening closed with your fingers or wrapping the cut tightly with some cloth in a way that closes the wound.. If you don't have a bandage, tear a piece of clothing, like a shirt sleeve Make sure you do not make the bandage too tight as it could  stop blood pumping through the area behind the cut. If the victim notices any tingling or numbness loosen the bandage.

We recommend that you take time to read 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_bleeding_control

If you think there is one or more broken bones, try not to move quickly but move victim into a comfortable position until help arrives. If suitable materials are available try and make a splint. This is anything thin  and straight that can be bandaged both sides of the break for support.

Victims cannot be expected to know what to do next  after being  sexually assaulted  but do not worry about that now, just concentrate on the victims immediate needs.

Unless in a situation requiring medical intervention usually only the victim can decide what to doing in the following hours, days or weeks. Some might not be injured nevertheless being Sexually Assaulted has risks and it is very important to obtain medical advice as soon as possible about emergency contraception and obtain tests for sexually transmitted infections

It is important for  the victim  to  go to a SAFE PLACE such as the home of a close friend or trusted family member.  This is a very difficult event for victims as they may not wish to tell anyone what happened. This is a personal choice and should be respected

More information  is available by people who really understand how you feel. Jane and many of Jane's Team  therefore if you would like to know anything specific please send us an quick note using the form below

Do you have to reporting the crime or not?

A Suggestion from our  legal advisers

In most countries sexual assault is a crime. You might not be able to report the crime or you may be unwilling to report because of various other reasons. We have talked about these elsewhere in this website.

However, f you are injured and have to attend a hospital the system in some countries has these people report to authorities that a crime has been committed so you don't have a choice.

What ever the case you will not feel like making a statement to anyone about what has happened to you however it is important that you make a note to yourself. Write down the date and time, the names or part names of who attacked you.  It is important to do this as soon as possible therefore try and remember anything about them, what they looked like, what words they said and which language used (even note any accent in the voice) , how big were they (height and  weight if you can, but just write bigger or smaller than me),  was there anything unusual about them (clothes, perfume, any smell you noticed) Remember it is all about them. You may not ever need to use this information but if you do you will be so glad you did. Why? Your mind will try and get rid of this terrible memory and forget about it, or later when asked to provide information you might have already forgotten some important items. Once you write it down, do not leave it on a computer of phone but make a hard copy and put it in a very safe place. Writing events down makes it easier to relax.

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