Immediate steps for self-care and safety:
Immediately after the assault you may be in a state of shock. Usually, your first reaction will be to take a bath or shower. Please do not. Instead, wrap yourself in something warm such as a blanket or coat. Call someone to help you immediately.
We recommend that you call the Henry Wise Wellness Center at 301-860-4171, and/or Counseling Services in Thurgood Marshall Library, Room 001, at 301-860-4161 for an initial contact.
Victims react to this state of shock in different ways. Some are upset, angry, or calm. Whatever your reaction, you may be able to make better decisions by talking to someone you trust or someone trained, instead of responding to your initial feelings immediately after the crime.
Staying warm, instead of cleaning up right away, will help you accomplish two important things:
It is extremely important that you:
|Shower or bathe||Get to a safe place|
|Brush or comb your hair||Call the police for help|
|Douche||Lock doors and windows|
|Urinate (if possible)||Keep warm|
|Change clothes||Get medical attention|
|Brush or rinse your teeth or smoke||Eat or drink something|
|Touch things at the crime scene||Write down everything you can remember|
|Take a change of clothes to the hospital or sexual assault center|
|If you must change your clothes, put them in a paper bag (plastic destroys evidence)|