If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted

Developed by Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

If you have been sexually assaulted, you may feel alone and confused. You can get support, assistance, and information from a local sexual assault program. The sexual assault program responds immediately through its 24-hour hotline and 24-hour response to hospital emergency rooms and police stations. The program also provides ongoing advocacy and support services. Services are free and can help you to clarify information and explore the feelings that may surface after sexual assault. If you choose to report the sexual assault, you don't need to go through any of the procedures alone. A friend, relative, or sexual assault advocate can accompany you and give you support.

If, at any point during the medical or law enforcement procedures, you don't understand what is happening-just ask. The nurse, doctor, officer, district attorney, and sexual assault advocate are available to explain things to you.

Remember that rape and sexual assault are serious, violent crimes. They are crimes that could happen to anyone. No matter the circumstances, the assault was not your fault.

If you have been sexually assaulted, you may feel alone and confused. You can get support, assistance and information from a local sexual assault program. The sexual assault program responds immediately through its 24-hour hotline and 24-hour response to hospital emergency rooms and police stations. The program also provides ongoing advocacy and counseling services. Services are free and can help you to clarify information and explore the feelings that may surface after sexual assault. If you choose to report the sexual assault, you don't need to go through any of the procedures alone. A friend, relative or sexual assault advocate can accompany you and give you support.

If, at any point during the medical or law enforcement procedures, you don't understand what is happening-just ask. The nurse, doctor, officer, district attorney, and sexual assault advocate are available to explain things to you.

Remember that rape and sexual assault are serious, violent crimes. They are crimes that could happen to anyone. No matter the circumstances, the assault was not your fault.

To Report or To Not Report

Reporting a sexual assault to law enforcement is a very individualized decision that victims will need to make for themselves. Remember, if you decide not to report, you are still fully entitled to support services and medical care. If you do decide to report, you will need to know what to expect from the different systems you may encounter. Below is a brief overview of what to expect. Your local sexual assault program advocate will be able to more fully help you understand the process in your area and to support you through it.

Advocate Response

Advocates from your local sexual assault program can be accessed whether or not you choose to report. Advocates can be an invaluable help to you during the process of reporting. Advocates are trained to be with you at the hospital, go with you to the police station, provide individual and group counseling, and provide you with specific information about sexual assault. Whether you decide to report, getting in touch with your local sexual assault program can be a very important and helpful step in your healing.

Hospital Response

A sexual assault evidence kit, sometimes called a "rape kit," is performed by medical personnel to collect evidence. This exam can be performed whether or not your friend decides to report the sexual assault to law enforcement. Although medical personnel who collect the evidence are well-trained, the process may be uncomfortable for you. Support is important. The cost of collection of the evidence will be assessed to the county. However, there may be other costs incurred at the hospital for medical treatment that are not considered part of the evidence kit. If you have reported the assault to law enforcement, you may be eligible for Crime Victims' Compensation benefits that can help you pay for financial losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, counseling/therapy, and other costs related to the assault.

Do not shower. Valuable evidence of the assault remains on your body and clothes. Do not change clothes, eat, drink, smoke, comb your hair, shower, urinate, defecate, or douche before going to the emergency room. However, if you have already done these things, don't let this stop you from seeking medical care. Take a change of clothes with you to the emergency room, and if you have already changed your clothes you were wearing during the assault, place them in a paper bag and take them to the hospital with you.

If you believe you were given a drug, wait to urinate until you arrive at the hospital. However, if you can't wait, collect your first urine in a clean cont ainer with a lid and take it to the emergency room or police station. Also, be sure to tell the emergency room personnel your symptoms and that you believe you were given a drug so they can take the necessary samples.

Law Enforcement Response

Law enforcement will need to ask you questions about the assault. Some questions may be very difficult to answer and may not make sense at the time they are asked, but there is a reason for them. It is not unusual for law enforcement to visit with the victim numerous times during the course of an investigation. Once law enforcement has investigated and has been able to identify the offender, they will send the information to the prosecutor.

Prosecutor Response

The prosecutor determines if there is enough evidence to move forward with prosecution. The system sometimes moves slowly. It sometimes seems that just as you begin to feel OK, you are thrown back into the middle of the trauma because of a court hearing or trial. Sometimes victims find it very important to have information about the court case and proceedings. Most prosecutors have Victim Witness Coordinators who can help get this information. Victims have a legal right to certain information about the case.

REMEMBER YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Sexual assault is a crisis, and we all handle crisis in different ways. Some women go into shock after being sexually assaulted, or experience overwhelming fear, anger, shame, or anxiety. The emotional reaction to sexual assault is complex and often confusing. Remember that your feelings and experiences are not unusual. You are not alone. The fear and confusion will lessen with time, but the trauma may disrupt your life for a while.


For support, contact one of the following:

The sexual and domestic violence program nearest you (see map)

Kansas Crisis Hotline
1-888-END-ABUSE
(1-888-363-2287)

National Sexual Assault Hotline
1-800-656-HOPE
(1-800-656-4673)

Kansas Sexual and Domestic Violence Programs

Programs are listed below alphabetically by city with their HOTLINE phone numbers. The numbers on the map correspond to the programs listed. Call the program nearest you. You do not have to live in the city where the program is located to use their services.

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DV = domestic violence services provided
SA = sexual assault services provided

CITYSERVICESKCSDV MEMBER PROGRAMCRISIS HOTLINE NUMBER 
1. Atchison DV/SA DoVES 800-367-7075 or 913-367-0363 Back to map
2. Dodge City DV/SA Crisis Center of Dodge City 620-225-6510 Back to map
3. El Dorado DV/SA Family Life Center of Butler County 800-870-6967 or 316-321-7104 Back to map
4. Emporia DV/SA SOS, Inc. 800-825-1295 or 620-342-1870 Back to map
5. Garden City DV/SA Family Crisis Services 800-275-0535 or 620-275-5911 Back to map
6. Great Bend DV/SA Family Crisis Center 866-792-1885 or 620-792-1885 Back to map
7. Hays DV/SA Options: Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, Inc. 800-794-4624 or 785-625-3055 Back to map
8. Hutchinson DV/SA Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center 800-701-3630 or 620-663-2522 Back to map
9. Iola DV/SA Hope Unlimited 620-365-7566 Back to map
10. Kansas City - Wyandotte Cnty DV Friends of Yates Joyce Williams Center 913-321-0951 Back to map
11. Kansas City - Johnson Cnty DV Safehome 888-432-4300 or 913-262-2868 Back to map
12. Kansas City DV El Centro, Inc. ¡Si Se Puede! 913-281-1186 Back to map
13. Kansas City DV/SA KCAVP 816-561-0550 Back to map
14. Kansas City SA MOCSA 816-531-0233 Back to map
15. Lawrence SA GaDuGi Safe Center 785-843-8985 Back to map
16. Lawrence DV The Willow Domestic Violence Center 800-770-3030 or 785-843-3333 Back to map
17. Leavenworth DV/SA Alliance Against Family Violence 800-644-1441 or 913-682-9131 Back to map
18. Liberal DV/SA Liberal Area Rape Crisis and DV Services 620-624-8818 Back to map
19. Manhattan DV/SA The Crisis Center, Inc. 800-727-2785 or 785-539-2785 Back to map
20. Mayetta DV/SA Prairie Band Potawatomi Family Violence Prevention Program 866-966-0173 or 785-966-8330 Back to map
21. Newton DV/SA Harvey County DV/SA Task Force 800-487-0510 or 316-283-0350 Back to map
22. Pittsburg DV/SA Safehouse Crisis Center, Inc. 800-794-9148 or 620-231-8251 Back to map
23. Salina DV/SA Domestic Violence Assoc. of Central Kansas 800-874-1499 or 785-827-5862 Back to map
24. Topeka DV/SA YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment 888-822-2983 or dia 785-354-7927 o tarde / fin de semana 785-234-3330 Back to map
25. Wichita DV Catholic Charities Harbor House 866-899-5522 or 316-263-6000 Back to map
26. Wichita DV StepStone 316-265-1611 Back to map
27. Wichita SA Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center 316-263-3002 Back to map
28. Wichita DV YWCA Women's Crisis Center 316-267-7233 Back to map
29. Winfield DV/SA Safe Homes, Inc. 800-794-7672 or 620-221-4357 Back to map

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