This is your healing journey. You are not required to do anything. Below are some options, you decide what works for you. You are the expert in your life.
- If you have been hurt by an acquaintance, friend, partner, family member or stranger, it was not your fault.
Forensic Exams, STI/Pregnancy Prevention, Costs, Procedures
Reporting Options, Statute of Limitations, No Contact Orders
Counseling, Support Groups, Self-Care
Accommodations, Safety Concerns, Sanctioning Process
Healing Dynamics, Sexual Assault Education, Support Strategies
Information and tips
Tips and Strategies
Note: Information in this section was provided by The RVAP Sexual Assault Comprehensive Team.
Go to your local emergency room (ER) for a specialized nurse to collect forensic evidence and/or receive sexually transmitted infection (STI) and/or pregnancy preventative medications at no cost to you. A RVAP advocate can accompany you during the entire exam.
You don't have to go forward with any legal proceeding. However, if you decide you would want to proceed, you have the right to have an advocate with you throughout the entire process.
Are you doing something for yourself today? Ask yourself this every day and if you haven't, do something right now. Stuck on what to do? The following are self-care ideas and anxiety reducers because your well-being and healing matters.
If you are struggling with class, feeling unsafe on campus or would like to pursue academic sanctioning for the perpetrator, consider speaking with or reporting to the office or the Title IX coordinator for your institution.
Your positive support makes a difference in survivors' healing. In other words, hearing "this is not your fault" and "I believe you" can make the difference on someones healing journey.
Safety planning is about brainstorming ways to stay safe that may also help reduce the risk of future harm. It can include planning for a future crisis, considering your options, and making decisions about your next steps. Finding ways to stay and feel safer can be an important step towards healing, and these plans and actions should not increase the risk of being hurt.