Rape, the act of non-consensual sexual activity, is one of the most degrading and intrusive acts that can happen to anyone. Although the act of rape is a sexual activity, it is a means of gaining and exerting control over another person. One in four women and one in eight men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Often, it is by some one they have trusted, or an acquiantance, a friend of a friend. The victim often is left alone with shame, guilt, embarassment, and depression.
How could I have let this happen? I thought I knew him? He would not stop and I couldn't stop him. No one will believe me. It is imperative you realize that this is a crime and that the attacker forced you. If you, or someone you know, has been raped, below are recommendations as to what to do, and who to contact:
- Do not isolate yourself. You will now need your social support network now more than ever.
- Contact the Police Department or the Department of Safety at 6005 immediately if the offender is still in your room or apartment if you can safely do so (if the offender is in another room, asleep, etc.). Otherwise get out of the room as quickly as you can and then contact 911, DS, your RD, the Engle Health Center on-call counselor, or a very trusted friend. As a victim, you have the option to contact the police without contacting DS or to just contact Residence Life staff.
- However, if you wish we can contact the appropriate police department. This does not mean that you must file charges.
- Go to the hospital to be evaluated
- Do not bathe, douche, wash your clothes, or throw clothes/items away. Valuable evidence may be obtained to aid in prosecution of the offender if you choose to press charges.
- Follow up with a counselor. There are many emotions you may feel and need help to process these emotions and begin the healing process
There are other agencies to contact:
|Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Services of Cumberland County||888-727-2877|
|Rape Crisis & Domestic Violence Services (24 hrs) Harrisburg||800-654-1211 or 238-7273|
|Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties||800-852-2102 or 258-4249|
Medical Treatment in the local area
|Holy Spirtit Hospital||763-2100|
|West Shore Hospital||791-2600|