If you want to make a police report, call 911 immediately. The 911 operator will locate the law enforcement agency in the area where the assault occurred and send officers to take your report. The police can assist you in getting specialized medical care and an evidentiary examination. They can also help you preserve other evidence and address any concerns you have related to your personal safety and security.
Preserve all physical evidence. Even if you are unsure about whether you want to make a police report, you can still have evidence collected. It is recommended that you do not shower, bathe, wash your hands, eat, drink, or brush your teeth before you have a medical examination. Save all of the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault in a paper (not plastic) bag.
Seek medical care. Get specialized medical care as soon as possible after a sexual assault, even if you do not have any apparent physical injuries, and even if you do not want to make an immediate police report. A medical evaluation is important for your own personal health and well-being. Your healthcare provider can also answer other health-related questions and address specific concerns such as the risks of sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.
Reach out to a friend, co-worker, family member, or someone else you trust. You can also get support from a counselor or an agency that provides specialized services for sexual assault victims.
Call the Rape Treatment Center, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 424-259-7208. Sexual assault examinations are provided at no cost to victims.
Find Resources Near You
If you are outside the greater Los Angeles area, you can find information about victim assistance resources near you by contacting RAINN at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). RAINN is a national, free, confidential hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.