Getting medical attention is very important for survivors of sexual assault both in the immediate aftermath of the assault and in the longer term. Sometimes survivors are reluctant to seek medical attention. They may fear having to talk about the assault or having invasive examinations.
In many areas there are people who are specially trained to help sexual assault survivors at the hospital. In many areas there are also sexual assault advocates who can attend and support you. Also, you can always bring a support person of your choice with you.
Even if you don’t think you are injured medical attention is needed to help ensure there are no long-term physical consequences, such as pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections, as a result of the assault.
Yes. Medical attention is not just required to collect evidence. It is needed to treat any injuries and to provide preventative treatment if necessary.
You can seek medical attention any time after the assault but there are good reasons to seek medical attention immediately. There are treatments that can help prevent things such as pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections but they are only effective if treatment is started soon after the assault.
These treatments can include...
When sexual assault victims decide to go to a hospital, there are policies and procedures in place to ensure you get the help and treatment you need.
Victims may require ongoing support and medical treatment including counselling and testing for sexually transmitted infections.