- Go to a safe place, but if at all possible (only if safe) stay at the crime scene (area where rape occurred) and wait for police to come to you.
- Dial 911 immediately.
- Do not shower, drink, smoke, or change clothing.
- Do not clean up or alter room / area in any way.
- If you are going straight to the hospital, try to bring a change of clothes.
What happens when you call 911
- A uniformed officer will most likely be the first to come to your location.
- If reported within 72 hours of the assault, a detective will be called. He or she may come to where you are, or directly to the hospital.
- A report will be made to document what has happened.
- A counselor who specializes in assisting victims of rape will be called out to talk with you.
- If the report is made within 72 hours of the rape, a medical legal examination will be performed at Metro General Hospital. The exam is conducted by specially trained nurse practitioners. The purpose of this exam is to collect evidence of the rape and to attend to your health needs as a result of the assault (STD's / pregnancy / injuries sustained). Since clothing may have evidence, the nurse will most likely collect your clothing.
- A detective will talk to you at length about the assault and may request that you write out a statement. The decision whether or not to prosecute lies primarily in your hands. Just because a report is made, does not mean that you have to prosecute.
- Follow up with the detective will be done as the case necessitates, including attempting to identify the suspect.
If you have any additional concerns or questions regarding rape or any other sexual assaults, please feel free to call the Adult Sex Abuse Unit. Our phone number is (615) 862-7540.