If you have been sexually assaulted…
- Go to a safe place immediately!
- Seek medical attention immediately for your injuries and to protect yourself from contracting sexually transmitted diseases. The crisis line will connect you with our advocates who are available 24 hours a day to accompany you to the hospital. For assistance, contact our 24-hour crisis line at (817) 927-2737
- If you wish to report the crime, call 911. A reporting officer will respond quickly.
- Depending on the circumstances, the police officer may ask you to have an examination at John Peter Smith Hospital in Tarrant County. It is important to have the examination conducted within 96 hours of the assault. The examination is a forensic exam and is conducted by a SANE nurse (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) who will collect physical DNA evidence from you to help law enforcement help you; there is no charge to you.
- DO NOT shower, bathe, wash your hands, brush your teeth, rinse your mouth, change your clothes or destroy the clothing you were wearing during the attack, prior to the forensic examination.
- If you’re not ready to report, write down the details of your assault in a notebook in case you decide to file a police report in the future.
You have the right to…
- Request an advocate from your local rape crisis center to be with you during the forensic exam, when reporting to law enforcement, and during court hearings or legal proceedings.
- Be treated with respect, dignity, and courtesy.
- File a police report and receive services, no matter what your relationship is with the assailant.
- Not be judged because of your race, age, class, gender, sexual orientation, or language.
- Privacy when meeting with a counselor or a police officer.
- Understand all forms you are asked to sign.
- Ask questions and receive answers about any procedures, examinations, reports, etc.
- Be told of any necessary follow-up needed.
- Voice complaints and expect to have them heard.