If You are Raped or Assaulted
- Call police or sheriff's department immediately.
- Do not change clothes, douche, shower, use the bathroom, brush your teeth, or drink anything.
- Go to the hospital emergency room.
- Bring a change of clothes to the hospital.
- Call the Prairie Center hotline for an advocate to meet you and support you through the process.
Rape Victims Have Rights
As a survivor, you have the right to...
- Be believed.
- Determine whether or not you want to report the sexual assault to law enforcement.
- Be treated in a considerate and sensitive manner by law enforcement and prosecution personnel.
- Not be exposed to prejudice because of your race, age, class, lifestyle, or occupation.
- Be considered a rape survivor regardless of the relationship of the assailant to you (i.e., spouse, partner, acquaintance, relative, etc.).
- Qualify for funds for medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation and, in the case of death, funeral and burial costs.
- Request services such as psychological counseling, court transportation/accompaniment, or emergency financial assistance from local victim/witness assistance or rape crisis center.
- Be informed about the details and progress of your case by the state's attorney.
- Submit a victim impact statement to the court, attend sentencing and parole hearings of the offender, and be notified of parole release if you so request.
- You have the right to survive!