Immediately following the assault you will probably be in a state of intense psychological distress, and you may forget the necessity of immediate medical attention.
ACT offers 24 hour – 7 day a week collaborative service of forensically trained nurse practitioners, law enforcement (when requested), prosecutors, crisis intervention specialists and victim advocates to provide first response care to survivors of sexual assault. In an effort to give back dignity and control to rape survivors, this program is located in a confidential and caring setting geared specifically to the survivor’s needs.
You will need a medical examination to assess any physical injuries as well as testing for possible pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. You will also be offered HIV testing. A survivor can shower and receive personal care items, as well as clothing, after the medical exam. If there are physical injuries, you will be referred to a local hospital for proper care for those injuries.