You Are Not Alone
Whether your assault just happened, or it happened years ago–and even if you aren’t even sure what happened–our advocates are here to listen call (612) 871-5111. No one should ever force or pressure you into sexual touch or attention, and if that has happened, you may feel sad, angry, confused, or afraid.
Whatever you feel is ok. What happened to you was not your fault and we’re here to help you do what feels right for you right now.
- Put the clothes you were wearing at the time of the assault (include undergarments), and any bedding that might contain evidence in paper bags (not plastic).
- Urinate into a clean container with a top.
- Bring the paper bags, and the container of urine with you if you decide to go to the hospital.
- Clean, rearrange or alter the scene of the crime.
- Cover or treat any injuries.
- Take a shower, brush your teeth, or eat/drink if you plan to go for a hospital exam.
Going to the Emergency Room
You have the right to free emergency room services if you have been sexually assaulted. It’s important to seek treatment as early after the assault as possible to keep all your options open.
Sometimes after an assault, you might not want to go to the emergency room, and we understand. You can call us to talk about it, we are happy to help you figure out what feels right for you, make sure you know your options, and answer your questions.
What is going to happen when I get to the emergency room?
Tell the staff when you check in that you were sexually assaulted and they call in a specially-trained nurse to meet with you. The nurse will do an exam, treat injuries, and offer medications for sexually transmitted infections and to prevent pregnancy. If you go to the emergency room within 72 hours of your assault, you can also get medication that can help prevent HIV.
During your exam, your nurse will collect evidence for what is called a “rape kit.” The evidence should be collected within 7-10 days if you think you might want to make a police report.
What if I don’t want to talk to the police?
You get to decide if, and when, you want to contact law enforcement to file a report.
You can go to the hospital without talking to the police, and your nurse can collect evidence through a forensic exam without having to file a police report. You don’t have to decide on reporting right away, and the evidence collected will be saved for when you are ready to decide.
If you want to talk about it, give us a call at (612) 871-5111. Our advocates can help you through the process of making a report if you decide you want to file one.
You Deserve Support - No Matter Who You Are
We are committed to ensuring no one has to navigate sexual violence alone. If you have experienced sexual violence, you deserve support, no matter who you are.
Our advocates are trained to help support people of every sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, religion, and citizenship status. Elders, immigrants, people with disabilities, sex workers, people experiencing homelessness, people with criminal records–we are here for you too. We even offer support to friends and family members.
You can call us if you have ever experienced any form of sexual violence and need support.
- Sexual assault
- Sexual harassment
- Child sexual abuse
- Sexual abuse by a caregiver
- Sex trafficking
- Sexual abuse in a relationship
- Sharing private pictures without consent
- Any other form of sexual violence
We focus our services on people ages 12+ in Carver, Hennepin, and Scott counties, but if you are younger, or live somewhere else, won’t turn you away. We are still here to listen, and help you find resources. You can also visit rapehelpmn.org to see what other services might be available to you.
Translators Are Available
Sexual Violence Center services are accessible to everyone regardless of language spoken. If we do not have access to an interpreter or translator, we will refer you to an agency that may better suit your needs.