What to Do When You’ve Been Raped

Only the individual to whom something traumatic has happened can actually describe what it feels like to go through a scary experience.

I can only imagine being taken advantage of and being violated so horribly. It’s actually something I’d rather not imagine. It’s a traumatic experience that no one should have to go through.

Unfortunately, there are sick people out there that find a thrill in rape. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the kind of world we live in today. However, what’s important is that you remain strong and learn how to move on.

So, what do you do when you’ve been raped? I mean this isn’t actually something that they teach in sex ed. At least I didn’t.

Who do you tell and how do you move on with your life? The process won’t be easy, but following these steps will help in your recovery…

Seek Medical Attention

If you’ve been raped, you definitely want to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Don’t bath, shower or brush your hair. Evidence can be collected and any injuries can be looked at, treated and noted.

STD’s can be treated, HIV can be addressed and pregnancy can also be prevented. Seeking medical attention might be hard for you to do, but it will help in the investigation as well as your health.

Talk About It

The last thing you want to do is to keep something like this on the down low. You are the victim and whoever did this to you needs to pay.

For starters, you should definitely go to the police. You need to file a report against the person who did this to you. It may not be easy for you, but it needs to be done.

Why? Well, do you really want this perpetrator walking the streets; having the ability to strike again? You should want to put them away not only because of what they did to you, but so they won’t have another chance to do it to someone else.

If you’re not comfortable with going to the police right away, you need to at least tell a family member or friend. They can definitely help you in the healing process.

There’s no need to feel ashamed about it. The person who committed this act needs to feel all that shame. This isn’t something that you should keep bottled up. Talking about it will help.

Don’t Blame Yourself

I don’t care if you got drunk at some party, crashed and someone then took advantage of you. It’s not your fault. If you didn’t give consent to have sex, then it’s rape.

It’s easy to say or think, “If I hadn’t of done that, then this wouldn’t have ever happened.” Whatever the case may be, you were living your life as usual and this unfortunate event happened.

Don’t blame yourself. Things happen in this world that we can’t explain or have no answers for. Rape is rape no matter what you were doing or what led up to it.

Find a Support Group

People act in different ways, so you may go through a few or many emotions during this time period. You may feel ashamed, embarrassed, angry, scared, depressed, helpless, guilt or shock. Luckily, there’s help out there.

There are support groups for just about everything these days. Don’t feel embarrassed to attend them, they are there to help you. The people attending these groups are going or have gone through the same thing as you, so they can definitely relate.

Support is the biggest thing when a tragedy like this happens. Whether it’s a support group, family or friends, you’ll need someone in your corner to help get you through this difficult time.

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