Sexual Assault is any form of forced or non-consensual sexual activity.
Sexual assaults can range from touching to penetration. All forms of sexual assaults, regardless of the level of violence or if the perpetrator is known to the victim, can be devastating. Community Safety Network is available to help.
It is important to know that there are confidential professionals to help you, that you are not alone, and that you are not at fault.
An advocate is available to talk to you at anytime day and night by calling 733-SAFE(7233) .
Steps to take if you have been sexually assaulted
Go to a safe location, and call a friend or Community Safety Network at 307-733-SAFE(7233) to discuss your options and get support.
Seek medical attention. An advocate from Community Safety Network can go with you to the hospital if you desire.
Your health and safety are the number one priority. It is important to know that if you are an adult victim of sexual assault, you can receive medical attention with or without making a police report about the crime. The
state of Wyoming will pay for the cost of the sexual assault examination provided at the hospital.
Do not shower, bathe, or douche. Of course, these will be the first things you may want to do after a sexual assault,
but the only way to collect evidence of the assault is by leaving all potential evidence intact. There is no statute of limitations in Wyoming for sexual assaults and you
may decide in the future to make a police report.
If you believe you were given a date rape drug, wait to urinate until you arrive at the hospital. If you can't wait,
collect your first urine in a clean container with a lid and take it to the emergency room or police station with you. Also, be sure to tell the emergency
room personnel your symptoms and that you believe you were given a date rape drug so they can take the necessary samples.
Call 911 if you decide to report the assault. If you would like, an advocate from Community Safety Network can be present
with you while you make the report and provide information about your options.
Effects of Sexual Assault
No one can predict how a victim will react to a sexual assault. Such a personal crime also has personal consequences.
Every reaction is considered normal. You may find yourself dealing with:
- Excessive fear
- Excessive anxiety
- Frustration and anger
- Inability to concentrate
- Social isolation
- Changes in eating habits
- Feeling suicidal
Please know that you are not alone. If some of these symptoms do not go away after time, or return years after the assault,
it might be necessary to consider contacting Community Safety Network about free, confidential, therapeutic resources available to sexual assault victims.
A counselor or therapist can be very helpful for all people trying to cope with a traumatic event, and therapy is essential for anyone
having difficulty dealing with trauma. An advocate is available to talk to you at anytime day and night by calling 733-SAFE(7233). Community Safety Network
can work with you to find a therapist, offer financial assistance, and help you heal whenever you are ready. If you seek more information on-line, CSN recommends www.rainn.org