If you have been sexually assaulted, you have experienced one of the most traumatic events possible. You may be experiencing shock and disbelief that you have been so horribly violated. You may be incredibly sad that this has happened or you may feel anger that one person could do this to another human being. You may also feel vulnerable and weak.
It is important to remember that, although reactions like anger, mistrust, and sadness are common, not all people experience the same emotions or express them in the same way. There is no correct or incorrect response to sexual assault.
You may feel that receiving too much information is too overwhelming and find that you are unable to process all that is occurring, including your emotions. All of these reactions are normal following a sexual assault, but they are new to you. This can be frightening and bewildering.
We know that you may not remember much of what you are told by those people who truly want to help you through this difficult time. The information about sexual assault victims on this site is to inform you about some things that you need to know now and some things that you can expect in the coming weeks and months.
Understanding your rights can help you navigate the criminal justice system.
Accessing support and information can help victims address the trauma of a sexual assault.
This section provides information about the legal definition of sexual assault and the concept of consent.
Understanding the importance of preserving evidence of a sexual assault can help victims to make decisions that are right for them.
The decision of whether or not to seek medical attention following a sexual assault can impact your recovery and your case, if you decide to report the matter to the police.
From reporting a sexual assault to addressing concerns about safety or testifying, victims have rights and can access supports throughout the process.
The Listen Project provides up to 4 hours of free legal advice to victims of sexual violence.